This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers and instructional paraprofessionals in all grade levels and subject areas. It aligns nicely with many of the indicators on state and district wide teacher evaluation rubrics, and is particularly useful for training evaluators and mentor teachers who are responsible for providing support through peer assistance and review as well as induction programs for new teachers.
Content in this course is designed to give educators the knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for college and careers. While examining research-based concepts such as creating a positive classroom environment, increasing student engagement, maximizing learning time, interactive instruction and scaffolding techniques, questioning and giving feedback, and using homework to extend learning, participants will reflect upon their own practices and set professional goals for improving their craft to meet students’ needs. Foundations of Effective Teaching I is an essential part of any professional development program.