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Course Descriptions

Teaching Students Cognitive Skills

EDUC 600

This course is a guide for teachers helping students in the classroom by understanding how students think and learn using the tools and habits of thinking, remembering and learning.


As a result of participation in this course, students should:

1.  Understand how long-term and present memory works with thinking and learning.

2.  Understand the importance of facts and knowledge as a foundation for further thinking and learning.

 3.  Understand the importance of meaning.  It is important to know that you remember things that have meaning and organize the ideas in a lesson plan coherently so that students will understand and remember.

 4.  Be informed about tools such as mnemonics, acronyms and discovery to aid in learning.

 5.  Find a way of interacting with students that they find engaging, as students learn more easily when they have connected personally with teachers.

 6.  Understand the three important benefits of practicing and drilling.        

 7.  Learn how a student interprets and processes information, and the techniques that will enable teachers to facilitate the important connections necessary for retention of learned content.


Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

The required text is: Willingham,D. (2009). Why don’t students like school? CA: Jossey-Bass. Textbook can be ordered from http://www.amazon.com