Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom (Sioux City Educators Only) (11.24 – 3.27.22)

Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom (Sioux City Educators Only) (11.24 – 3.27.22)

Dec 12th

This course is available to Sioux City Educators Only.

Registration to receive License Renewal credit

Date: November 24 – March 27, 2022
Course #: LR 288:827
Credit Hours: 1 credit hour

In this course, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, hone your self-reflective skills, and ultimately “build your capacity for success.”

Building your capacity for success. This phrase packs quite a significant wallop – both in education and in life.

For this course, the term “capacity” is not viewed as a static measurement, such as how much capacity one’s heart has for blood; but rather as a dynamic element of improvement, i.e., how much capacity one’s heart has for love (to continue this metaphor).

Our capacity for success, like our capacity for love, knowledge, skill, excellence, learning, and growth, is limitless. As we increase that capacity, we simultaneously increase our ability to affect the children with whom we work with in positive ways.

So what makes a great teacher successful when others fall short? Rigorous, ongoing self-reflection. Expertise does not come naturally. Cultivating awareness, developing a skill, honing the ability to accurately assess, and improving our responsiveness takes time, effort, energy, and a hefty dose of self-reflection. In the words of the famous John Dewey, ‘It’s not the doing that matters, it’s the thinking about the doing.” (quoted in Archambault, 1974, p. 321). The difference between learning a skill and implementing it effectively resides in our capacity to engage in deep, continuous, and rigorous thought about the skill.

This course has been carefully constructed for you, the classroom teacher, no matter your years of experience or amount of expertise. In the six modules that follow, you’ll be given a chance to take charge of your own learning and follow one of four differentiated paths on the journey to grow your personal capacity. For most of us, education isn’t just a job or a profession or something we do during the school year. It’s a calling. And we’re not called to mediocrity. We’re called to make a difference. To impact the future. To change students’ lives. To help our young people become the amazing, wonderful human beings they’re meant to be. And our charge – to maximize our influence through continuous improvement – is a calling we must heed. Let’s spread our professional wings, grow as reflective practitioners and skilled educators, and fulfill the destiny of that calling.

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**Important Information for You**

Please read through as these are Frequently Asked Questions in which answers can be found within this page.

  1. The instructor will email you once the start date arrives with information on how to get started in the class:
    1. Emails regarding this class will come from the instructor;
    2. Be sure to check your junk/spam/clutter folders-mailboxes in case the email isn’t recognized as known email address; and
    3. If you are using a school email address, many schools have their network security filters set up to push unknown emails directly to spam and you will not even see it; if this is the case you will need to either talk to your IT department and request emails with the email address be allowed through or let us know you want to use a different email address.
  2. The Tabs at the top of the Registration Page have important additional information regarding this class:
    1. The Syllabus gives information of what will be expected of you in the course. Generally it will include course policies, rules and regulations, required texts, and a schedule of assignments;
    2. The Fees will let you know how much this class will cost depending on the type of credit you want to take it for as well as if you are an ISEA member or not;
    3. The Cancellation Policy is important so you know how to cancel if you need to and how refunds are handled; and
    4. The ISEA Official Transcript page tells you how to access your transcript once the class has ended.