Delivery, Enrollment, and Facilitation
This is a mastery-based course with no discussion forums. The course will be delivered in a fully online format. This course is non-facilitated, and is designed to be completed independently. It is self-paced, with an enrollment period of 60 days, which begins immediately upon confirmation of registration. A Help Forum is included in the course that will be carefully monitored by a full-time online facilitator.
This self-paced learning module is an eLearning experience that offers an in-depth look at South Carolina Teaching Standards (SCTS) 4.0 indicators that ask teachers to provide assignments that require students to use higher-order thinking skills rather than duplicate information. Participants will explore ways to develop assignments that ask students to draw conclusions, make generalizations, and establish arguments reinforced through extended writing. They will examine the importance of creating assignments that allow students to connect what they are learning to their daily lives, and will record themselves teaching a lesson. After listening to their recording, the participants will write an extended response using guiding questions to reflect on their lesson.
*This learning module requires a major assessment submission that may make use of student data, collaboration/observations with other teachers, or work to be done with students in the classroom. When enrolling in this learning module, it is strongly recommended that you are actively teaching.
Major Assessment Artifact
In this Major Assessment Artifact for this learning module, you will be teaching a lesson (which you will be recording) that reflects the following goals along with all of the other components you would typically include in a lesson plan: develop assignments that require students to organize, explain, analyze, synthesize, and assess information rather than replicate it; develop assignments that require students to draw conclusions, make generalizations, and construct arguments that are supported through extended writing; and create assignments that afford students the opportunity to connect what they are learning to experiences, observations, feelings, or situations meaningful in their daily lives both inside and outside of school. Scoring will be based on the self-reflective essay, based on your observations from your lesson.
This is an intermediate level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop are available online.