10 Coursera Classes to Boost Your Teaching Skills

It’s back to school for your students, but have you considered a few courses for yourself? If you want to acquire tools for helping kids with special needs, get acquainted with helpful ed tech and learn some leadership skills to get closer to that school principal position. With online education site Coursera, you can take free classes to advance your skills and career.

Keep learning! Click on the course title to learn more about these classes, which take place fall through winter:

1. Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

  • School: UNSW Australia

Common Core Standards: Helpful Summer Reading for Teachers

Though many believe the Common Core Standards (also referred to as just the Common Core) are a great tool for teaching American students valuable, real-world knowledge and skills, the onus for translating the standards into lessons has fallen on the shoulders of teachers.

Designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, the initiative (currently adopted by 44 out of 50 states) has proven less than digestible for many educators.

Luckily, there’s help — in the form of a little summer reading. Here are a few books designed for teachers to help explain the standards, share activity and lesson plan ideas and troubleshoot common issues with teaching the Common Core (like working with advanced students, or helping kids develop the vocabulary…


Avoiding The Plagiarism Epidemic in Your Classroom

Plagiarism is a rising issue in today’s schools. According to the Huffington Post, the Pew Research Center recently conducted a poll of college professors and found that plagiarism is “at an all time high among college students.” It’s more important than ever that we educate students on the matters of plagiarism in order to understand how to avoid it.

Defining Plagiarism

Students need to understand exactly what plagiarism is before they are given strategies to avoid it. According to Pearson Prentice Hall, plagiarism is defined as:…


STEM in the Summer: DNA Learning Center Summer Camp

For many students, the last ring of the school year’s bell is the time when summer learning begins, since many parents and educators recognize the benefits of summer learning to maintain and enhance educational progress. Fortunately, there are many summer learning opportunities, and the growing need for STEM education is a perfect environment to make it happen. One such innovative program in the education space is the DNA Learning Summer Camp—geared for young students and aimed at engaging them in STEM studies.

Why Summer Learning?

Research has proven the benefits of learning over the summer to maintain knowledge retention when it’s time to return to school in the fall. A


For Teachers, By Teachers: Top 11 Books that Document the Teacher Experience

If you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, you may be envisioning a picture-perfect classroom where students eagerly raise their hands to answer questions and quickly quiet down when a teacher walks into the room at the start of class. The reality is that teaching can be difficult, and often frustrating, but it is also one of the most rewarding professions that allow you to truly make a difference in the lives of students.

Teachers are some of the most important role models for children and adolescents, but in order to really make an impact, teachers need to continuously refine their craft. For new and prospective teachers, there a…


Making the Transition: How To Prepare High School Students for College (and Life)

Guest post by JT Ripton

As depicted in pop culture, college can be a fun and exciting time. However, it can also be incredibly frightening for high school students to think about. With so many factors to consider, it’s a teacher’s duty to help his or her students investigate different paths for growth as they prepare for higher learning.

Here’s a list of the top six ways to help your students better prepare themselves for a life outside of high school.

  • Create a Community of Research Champs

    Thanks to the internet, many students aren’t entering libraries to do their research anymore. However, learning how to properly cite a source is still important. In the modern classroom, you should teach the ability to evaluate websites for authority, find the origi…

Chess Is Making a Comeback in Education

The Common Core Standards were developed to help students achieve several common goals — including building their problem-solving and analytical skills. As students are encouraged to think more deeply and critically in order to prepare them for future careers, a new trend has occurred. While widely popular in the 1970s and ’80s, the game of chess seemed to lose its appeal in the ’90s and early 2000s as computer games grew in popularity. That is now changing. According to Education News, chess is back in, as educators begin to recognize the educational benefits of the game.

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