Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges
Instructor: Ellen Paxton
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $150
We all know the brain plays a major role in learning, but few are aware of how. In a class where each child differs in ability to learn, it is essential that educators know how the brain is related to the process of learning, in order to help facilitate student performance. Such knowledge will also give the educator an advantage when faced with the challenge of teaching a child with special needs.
This two part integrated course equips educators with extensive knowledge about the process of learning. SECTION A, Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges focuses on the skills involved in learning and introduces you to various techniques and strategies of identifying a child with learning difficulties and overcoming challenges. It also provides tips on how to make learning fun, challenging and different. SECTION B, Accommodating All Learners helps educators understand more about various learning styles, and how these impact the way a student learns. Gain knowledge about specific teaching approaches that can be used to reach and teach each learning style.
Objectives & Outcomes:
As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, students should be able to:
- Understand the need for development of cognitive skills.
- Describe the structure of the brain, neuroplasticity and how we learn.
- Understand the limitations of IQ testing.
- Test for various specific cognitive skills in students, and identify areas of deficit.
- Apply learning theories while teaching students.
- Identify a student’s learning style.
- Customize teaching based on a student’s learning style.
- Train students with deficits in specific cognitive skills.
- Modify training of cognitive skills as a student progresses.
- Apply reading and comprehension strategies in the classroom.
- Understand the basics of ADHD, Dyslexia, Traumatic Brain Injury, ODD, PDD and the cognitive implications of these conditions.
As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, students should be able to:
- Reflect upon changes in teaching and learning.
- Engage in activities that illuminate and stimulate brain functions.
- Recognize learning styles.
- Practice using the language of teaching and learning.
- Identify as both teacher and learner.
- Consider and examine their own personal learning styles
- Recognize connections between characteristics and learning tools.
- Examine characteristics of student learners.
- Demonstrate understanding of a systemic, practical model to accommodate all learners.
- Recognize how their own learning style impacts their teaching style.
- Examine teaching and learning strategies to accommodate all learners with whom they work.
- Consider how online learning activities might accommodate the needs of student-learners.
- Extrapolate commonalities between theories and strategies.
- Develop a plan to put teaching and learning changes into practice.
About The Instructor
Ellen Paxton earned an M.Ed. In Workforce, Career, & Technical Education from the University of Minnesota. Her B.S. in Education is awarded from Drake University. Ellen is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has over 24 years of experience in teaching while serving in educational leadership positions as department chair, school administrator, and school board member. Ellen has also taught classroom teachers and adjunct faculty how to build and teach online classes that gave new academic opportunities to thousands of students. She currently instructs continuing education, professional development, and graduate courses to K-12 teachers in over 40 states.
The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit and materials will be accessible online.
Classes are self-paced and must be completed within 4 weeks from registration date.
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.