NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Advance Learning Experience in the Classroom

EDUC 600




Instructor: Nina Smith

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $370

Class Offered Through NaMaYaPD

Course Description:

This course is designed for K-12 teachers to be embedded into their daily classroom practice. Assignments require direct reflection in the classroom environment to ensure the transfer between action level, learning/pedagogical theories and reflective practice. Participants will learn techniques to facilitate their students’ learning, and implement learning improvement throughout the curriculum and state standards (CCSS). The use of student-centered strategies in the classroom helps teachers to advance their instructional practice and improve their students’ academic performance by making learning more meaningful for students.

The intrinsic motivation to learn we all were born with and the desire for self-regulating our own activity are the two inseparable promoters of the natural learning process. Formal education doesn't always succeed in supporting the development of autonomy, which is why helping students make well-informed choices improves both learning and life skills.

Course Objectives:

  1. Determine components of student-centered learning environments and adjust teaching practices to make learning more effective and independent.
  2. Acknowledge and build on students’ previous knowledge, implementing immediate feedback and use the growth mindset to support classroom learning. 
  3. Incorporate more choices in the classroom, and use the knowledge of intrinsic motivation and students’ meta-cognitive skills to enhance learning. 
  4. Develop a reflective improvement plan as a portfolio of the course, using the professional learning community as a tool for continuous professional growth. 

About The Instructor

Nina Smith
Nina Smith

Nina Smith is an educator, mentor, and teacher trainer who specializes in the Finnish educational model. She received her own education in Finland and earned her M.Ed. and teaching credentials at the University of Jyvaskyla, training in the Finnish educational philosophy and method. The author of Choosing How to Teach & Teaching How to Choose: Using the 3Cs to Improve Learning, (2012), is currently completing her doctoral degree at Northeastern University. Communicating fluently in three languages (Finnish, Swedish, English), conversationally in two (Spanish, German).

**Registration Instructions:

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 4 months for course completion.

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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