How to make students think at the core?- An online course

By Anusha

How to make students think at the core?

Vanderbilt University is offering an online course called "Student Thinking at the Core." The 4 weeks long course commences on January 27th 2014.

About the Course:

The course deals with how teachers can make their students think about new ideas, perceptions and how they can deal with misunderstandings, so that there is an advancement in learning for all students in the class. The course follows the practice called "leveraging student thinking."

These ideas will be introduced through guided engagement with video cases. Analysis of the video cases will highlight the elements involved in leveraging student thinking, and also will illustrate the epistemic, academic, developmental and managerial "pressure points" that challenge teachers' ability to capitalize on student thinking in constructive ways.

Throughout the course, participants will further explore and test out these ideas in their own classrooms, be it formal or informal. (A Sunday school class, a scout troop, a homeschool opportunity, or a traditional classroom environment would all be appropriate, but some kind of teaching practice is necessary to benefit from the course.) The goal is to work on the work of teaching while teaching.

Barbara S. Stengel and Marcy Singer-Gabella will be the course instructors. The course will have a workload of 3-4 hours/week. It will be taught in English and the subtitles will be available in English.

Click here to know more about the course.

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