All courses are ON-LINE and are awarded 3 college graduate level credits (unless stated otherwise)
EDPF 553 Elementary and Middle School Math Methods
January 6 - February 16 | Registration Closes January 1 , 2014
COURSE DESCRIPTION: During this course students will take an in depth look at the process and methods of doing and teaching mathematics. Students will develop the core ideas and methods of learning, teaching, planning, and assessment. Methods will include a learner centered approach of learning and how it is applied. Time will be spent on creating individual lessons which incorporate strategies. Discussion will include mathematical content and how children develop their understanding of that content.
Required Text: The Learning Mathematics in Elementary and Middle School author is George Cathcart Pearson Publishers
EDPM 559 Children’s Literature
February 3 – March 21 | Registration Closes January 27, 2014
This class is for participants interested in revitalizing their use of Literature for students in K-8, and wanting to renew their own excitement and energy about using children’s literature. Topics will include genre studies, classics, recent publications, book awards (particularly Maine’s two children’s choice awards), author studies, curriculum integration and teaching strategies. There will be an emphasis on using picture books with all grades, and activities will be tied in with the Maine Learning Results and the IRA/NCTE national standards. Participants will earn credit while designing, implementing and fine-tuning their own Children’s Literature program.
Required Text: Power of Picture Books in teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies, Grades PreK-8, Second Edition. Authors: Lynn Columba, Cathy Y. Kim, Alden J. Moe. ISBN: 978-1-890871-925 Holcomb Hathaway Publishers
EDPF 547 Elementary Social Studies Methods
January 26 – March 14 | Registration Closes January 19, 2014
This course focuses on the ” popular book of 50 strategies for enhancing social studies learning in K-8 classrooms offers valuable ideas and applications for pre-service and practicing teachers alike. Always appreciated for its connections between theory, research, and practice, and the extensions provided through web sites and references, this new edition enhances those strengths by providing assessment ideas and website resources for every strategy. Ten conceptually-organized overarching strategies to facilitate organizing a social studies classroom precede forty-two social-studies specific strategies —organized alphabetically and introduced by grade level and National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards indicators. We will examine resources which provide models, examples, and assessments from real teachers and students.
Required Text: 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms (3rd Edition) [Paperback] Kathryn M. Obenchain (Author), Ronald V. Morris (Author)
EDPF 564 Elementary Science Methods
March 3 – April 17 | Registration Closes February 24, 2014
Elementary Science Methods is a core teaching methods course for elementary and middle school science. Through 15 mystery stories, this book memorably illustrates science concepts for students and reinforces the value of learning science through inquiry. Each mystery presents opportunities for students to create questions, form hypotheses, test their ideas, and come up with explanations.
Required Text: Everyday Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching - Richard Konicek-Moran;
EDPF 556 Elementary Reading Methods
January 20 – March 22 | Registration Closes January 13, 2014
Elementary Reading Methods students will learn appropriate strategies to help their students become better readers. In this course we will focus around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, and discussion for understanding. Differentiated instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs will be examined.
Required Text: Antonacci, Patricia Sage Publications Promoting Literacy Development
EDPM 546 Extending the Chickadee Award
February 3 – March 21 | Registration Closes January 27, 2014
A children’s choice award is most effective when librarians and teachers of all subjects work together to help children become familiar with the books, to make informed choices in their voting, and to address numerous Maine Learning Results. This class is for librarians interested in learning how to incorporate the books nominated for Maine’s Chickadee Award into their library programs, or for teachers who want the books to become more than one time read-a-louds. All of the books on each year’s list provide opportunities for children to investigate authors, illustrators, stories, art, genres, formats, and curricular connections. In this class, participants will explore ways to use the annual Chickadee List to promote a common language and sense of community within a school. Although only K-4 students are allowed to vote for their favorite books, these ten books can be used to extend and support research and to model reading strategies at any grade level. The books on the list are so much more than good readalouds, and participants in this course will create ways to incorporate the books and the Chickadee Project across the curriculum and even throughout an entire school.
Required Text: Books that have been Awarded the Chickadee Award for this current year
EDPS 598 Common Core Math Standards - Integration and Implementation 3 grad credits
Please note – Maine Dept of Certification will allow this course to be used towards re-certification, not for initial certification
January 20 – February 21 | Registration Closes January 13, 2014
This course is designed for K – 12 educators who are searching for a better understanding of the Common Core Standards and their relativity to current trends in instruction. Grade specific standards will be explored along with implementation tools, methods, techniques and resources.
This course will provide opportunities for educators to create and/or adapt current curriculum based activities, lessons and units which align with the Common Core Standards.
Required Text: None
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