Learn how to teach complex topics. Find out how to break down difficult material, turn it into an engaging unit, and then assist students who are struggling via scaffolding.
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- Hi, I'm Karin Hutchinson. I'm an experienced elementary and middle school teacher and I run a popular math tutoring website. I specialize in a process of planning and teaching complex topics to accommodate a wide range of student needs. This course is designed for anyone who wants to help their students achieve success learning complex topics. I will show you how to systematically unpack the curriculum that students find most challenging, and then turn these topics into engaging and effective classroom lessons.
I'll start by showing you how to backwards plan any complex unit of study. You will learn how to identify exactly what students must know and do, and then you'll use this information to plan daily lessons that align directly with your assessments and content standards. Next I'll explore the principles of universal design for learning, a system designed to help you develop curriculum that gives all students equal opportunities to learn. We'll explore different strategies for developing vocabulary and background knowledge, and I'll show you how to craft lessons that appeal to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.
We'll then explore strategies of engagement that helps students stay motivated throughout your lessons. You'll discover how to give students more choice in their learning, how to write authentic tasks that pique students' interest, and how to add a little fun with gamification leveling. I'll show you ways to give students more autonomy and control of their learning using various kinds of checklists and graphic organizers that improve note-taking and metacognition. And finally, we'll spend time focusing on students who continue to struggle with complex topics.
We'll explore reading scaffolds that help learners decode complex text, and we'll look at strategies for using reading prompts to help students refine their understanding. The best part of this course is that it's jam-packed with hands-on materials and resources that you will be able to use instantly in your classroom. I'm so glad you're here. Let's go tackle some complex topics.
Karin Hutchinson is an experienced teacher who now helps other educators find new ways to teach. She starts off this course with a quick overview of learning theory, focusing on how students gain new knowledge. These theories set the stage for Karin's framework for making learning accessible to a variety of learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), making lessons engaging with gamification and choice, and scaffolding instruction to help guide learners who need extra help. Watch to explore strategies for planning instruction, how to respond to learners, and get resources you can put into action in the classroom today.
- Understanding what makes a topic complex
- Using a unit planner
- Writing essential questions
- Identifying what students must do
- Anticipating potential problems
- Creating assessments
- Lesson planning via UDL
- Representing information in different ways
- Engaging students
- Having students act on and express their knowledge