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The First Days: Helping New Teacher Be Effective (Enrollment open until Nov. 15)

This two-credit offering is based on the extensive research, work and writings of Harry K. Wong and Mike Schmoker.  The course is based upon techniques and strategies that have a direct correlation with the elements of The Effective Teacher. These techniques and strategies have been adapted by thousands of educators for success in their schools and classrooms.  Students will analyze, interpret, and apply these low-cost and research-based skills to their personal classroom management plan.  Must register by November 15th and finish the course by December 15th.

​​Learning outcomes: 
Upon completion of the course:

  1. Students will understand what traits define an effective teacher.
  2. Students will research and understand how positive expectations, invitational education, and professionalism create a very powerful and effective teacher.
  3. Students will have analyzed and interpreted how planning and preparation guide student learning.
  4. Students will have assessed their planning and preparation skills alongside student-learning within their classroom.
  5. Students will be able to identify and apply the difference between classroom management and discipline within their classroom management plans.
  6. Students will have researched and understand that when lesson objectives are clear, and instruction and assessment are aligned to objectives, the greater the chances are that students will succeed.
  7.  Students will understand and apply what needs to be included within every lesson in order for student academic achievement to be gained.
  8. Students will have researched and reflected upon what factors constitute effective instruction and why these factors are so effective.
  9. Students will have created their own personalized classroom-management plan that includes elements of everything they have learned and reflected upon.  Their plan will include guidelines and procedures for the physical design of their classroom, classroom procedures/expectations, instruction, parent/guardian contact, and assessment.
  10. Students will have established reflective practices that are critical to continued growth.

How to enroll: Visit the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative’s website