Independent Study Courses

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Courses

NEW!! READ FOR PLEASURE & INSPIRATION: Fire up Your Life & Work

How often as professionals do we get to simply read for pleasure and inspiration in ways that enrich our lives and our work? In this course for all teachers K-12, you may select from a wide range of reading lists, such as Goodreads, NY Times Best Sellers, Bill Gates Reading List—and many more, to choose the book(s) that suit your personal and professional needs.

**Note that there are two Read for Pleasure & Inspiration courses. A 3-credit course where you will have the opportunity to read 200-300 pages (one or two books) and a 6-credit course, whre you will read 600+ pages (two or more books). You can take this course for 3 credits OR  6 credits, but you cannot register for both.

6 Quarter Credits/4 Semester Credits: $475(400/500 level); $360(WA Clock Hours/PDUs)

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NEW!! THE WELL-BALANCED TEACHER: Stay Sane In & Out of the Classroom

Feel stressed? Feel as if there is not enough time in the day? Feel as if you always put yourself last? In this course, you will learn how to balance your life so that you can feel more positive about yourself and teaching, feel better both physically and mentally, determine your non-negotiables, what to “let go” of, and how to have a mindset of self-efficacy.

3 Quarter Credits/2 Semester Credits: $265 (400/500 level); $180 (WA Clock Hours/PDUs)

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NEW!! Reading Strategies for All Content Areas

You don’t have to become a reading teacher to give your students a few reading strategies which will boost their confidence and ability to engage the material. The text has an extensive list of easy-to-use strategies which many teachers already employ. You will be amazed how easy it is to provide a few tips your students can easily work with to improve their reading comprehension.

3 Quarter Credits/2 Semester Credits: $265 (400/500 level); $180 (WA Clock Hours/PDUs)

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Mathematical Mindsets: Every Student Can Do Math

Create a mathematics classroom atmosphere where students no longer fear math, no longer have anxiety about math, and no longer think they are simply just not good at math.  You will learn how to create a math classroom where students experience mathematics though a positive growth mindset method. Teachers will learn to create mathematical tasks, assessments, and feedback that encourage student growth, understanding, and joy as their students master mathematical ideas and concepts.

5 Quarter Credits/3.33 Semester Credits: $395 (400/500 level); $300 (WA Clock Hours/PDUs)

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When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game

As a teacher do you ever feel overwhelmed?  Burned-out?  Do you feel as if you can’t get through to some students?  That you lack administrative support? This course offers practical strategies teachers can use to make things better right away.  The text offers specific and distinct examples and strategies for addressing a plethora of difficult situations.

3 Quarter Credits/2 Semester Credits: $265 (400/500 level); $180 (WA Clock Hours/PDUs)

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SETTING LIMITS: A Love & Logic Approach To Classroom Management

The obstacles facing today’s K-12 teachers are enormous. This class teaches you alternatives that will leave you feeling uplifted and successful. You will take control of your classroom as you eliminate power struggles and handle disruptions quickly. You will learn to establish a climate of cooperation and respect using natural and logical consequences. Includes proactive conduct, focused parent conferences and more.

6 Quarter Credits/4 Semester Credit: $475 (400/500 level); $360 (WA Clock Hours, PDU's)

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LOVE & LOGIC IN TEACHING

Focus on solutions for the frustrations and challenges in today’s K-12 classroom. Love and Logic is a highly regarded teaching approach. With it you feel in control and students learn to think for themselves, to raise their level of understanding, and are prepared to function in a society filled with temptation, decisions and consequences. The result is a cohesive classroom where students enjoy learning, and discipline is reduced.

3 Quarter Credits/2 Semester Credits: $265(400/500 level); $180(WA Clock Hours, PDU's)

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Hands-On Math: Real World Applications

“When are we ever gonna use this?” is a question often asked by math students. This happens because skills are so frequently taught in isolation from their application. By participating in hands-on math activities, our students learn the connection between what is taught in the classroom and the real world. This course offers something for all teachers K-12; whether they are specialized math teachers at the high school level or elementary teachers who do it all.

3 Quarter Credits/2 Semester Credit: $265(400/500 level); $180(WA Clock Hours, PDU's)

Teaching Numeracy: Habits to Ignite Math Thinking

This course outlines nine critical thinking habits that foster numeracy and details practical ways to incorporate these habits into your instruction. Included in each habit is an application section with multiple ideas and methods to incorporate numeracy into your classroom. (Common Core & NCTM Standards are incorporated.)

3 Quarter Credits/2 Semester Credits: $265(400/500 level); $180(WA Clock Hours, PDU's)

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LOVE & LOGIC FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS: Raising Responsible Kids

Create effective partnerships with parents around the Love & Logic philosophy and strategies. This course is for all teachers, K-12, promotes a common vision for expectations and accountability both at home and in school. This course will help you, the teacher, and the parent create confident, self-motivated, and responsible children and students.

3 Quarter Credits/2 Semester Credits: 265(400/500 level); $180(WA Clock Hours, PDU's)

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