A masters in teaching can help you become a better teacher, providing you with the skills you need to be more effective in the classroom. Even if you are not planning on getting a masters in teaching degree, you can still improve your teaching skills to become a more effective and valuable teacher. Here are 50 open courseware classes that teachers can use to improve their skills, and find creative ways to interact with their students:

General Teaching

These are courses that can help you improve generally as a teacher. These courses explore the nature of learning, and can help you bring learning more effectively into the classroom.

  1. Teach Global: This courseware is meant for those who are interested in teaching with a global view.
  2. Highlights for High School: MIT offers this course, including a number of helpful tips on teaching, and interesting subject matter for teachers and students alike.
  3. Teaching for good behaviour: This class looks at how you can teach more effectively and encourage good behavior in the classroom.
  4. Working with young people: roles and responsibilities: Courseware designed to help you encourage responsibility in learning and life.
  5. Reflective Practice: An Approach for Expanding Your Learning Frontiers: A great course that allows you to be a better learner — and a better teacher.
  6. Teaching, Learning and Assessment methods: Learn some of the theories of teaching and how to assess your students.
  7. Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people: Find out how to observe young people.

Education Administration

Learn about education administration with this helpful courseware classes related to being a better administrator.

  1. Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education: Find out how to be a more effective administrator and teacher by understanding the education system.
  2. K-12 Leadership and the Educational Administration Curriculum: Connexions offers a look at administration.
  3. Ethical Administrators: Tools for the Trade: You can learn about ethics in education administration.
  4. School business manager: developing the role: The Open University offers a course in an managerial approach to administration.
  5. Integrating Thinking for Future Leaders in Education: Prepare to educate future leaders.
  6. School Governors: planning for improvement: Helpful suggestions on implementing improvements.
  7. School Governors: organisation and practice: A look at how school boards should work.

Child Development

You should understand how children develop in order to better teach them. These courses can help you improve your approach.

  1. Play, learning and the brain: Find out how children learn, and what you can do to encourage that.
  2. Developmental Psychology: A helpful look at how we develop psychologically.
  3. Infant and Early Childhood Cognition: Learn how thinking develops early on.
  4. Psychology of Gender: An interesting course on what makes “boys” and “girls”.
  5. Knowledge in everyday life: An exploration of how knowledge is acquired by children.
  6. Adolescent Stages: A helpful course that can help you learn more about teaching teenagers.
  7. Adolescent Health and Development: Learn more about how teens develop.

Special Populations

There are a number of special populations that you will be required to reach. Here are some courses that can help you reach special populations that may need your help.

  1. The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism: Help students who are bilingual, or whose second language is English.
  2. Language as a medium for teaching and learning: How to use language more effective to reach students.
  3. Teaching Students with Special Needs: Behaviour Management: University of Southern Queensland helps you learn more about teaching those with special needs.
  4. Psychiatric Epidemiology: A better look at the psychological issues that may be affecting your students.
  5. Teaching Blind Students: Helpful resource on how you can be more accommodating of your blind students.
  6. Learning American Sign Language ASL and Signed English: Helpful course that can help you communication with students exhibiting hearing problems.
  7. Adapted PE: Helping those who need adapted lessons for physical education.
  8. Autism Theory and Technology: Find out more about autism and how to reach autistic students.
  9. Accessibility and eLearning: Helpful course on how assistive technology can help those who need it.

Technology in the Classroom

Find out how you can bring technology into the classroom in order to enhance learning and reach your students.

  1. Understanding Online Interaction: Find out how online interaction affects students.
  2. Blogs, Wikis, New Media for Learning: Utah State University offers insights on how new media can help with learning.
  3. Communicating in Cyberspace: Interesting look at how we communicate in a virtual world. Especially helpful for distance teachers.
  4. Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science and Technology: MIT helps you understand how technology can help you teach art and science.
  5. Art and Technology: Helpful look at technology and art.
  6. Practical Guidelines for Using Technology Tools in Classroom Teaching: The University of Michigan offers helpful hints for using technology as you teach.

Teaching Core Curriculum

Interesting courses and helpful ideas for teaching core curriculum. Plenty of creative ways to involve students:

  1. Concept-Centered Teaching: Communicate concepts to your students.
  2. Using visualisation in maths teaching: Learn how to more effectively teach math to your students.
  3. Kitchen Chemistry: Learn how you can teach experimental methods in science — with the help of cooking concepts.
  4. Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice: Find out more about writing and narrative in a way that might be fun to teach to students.
  5. Expository Writing: Analyzing Mass Media: A fun approach to teaching writing skills.
  6. Lego Robotics: A look at the principles of robotics, and using Legos to teach these concepts.
  7. Practical Electronics: Teaching electronics and learning more about them.

Teaching and Using the Arts

You can get students interested in learning with the help of the arts. Also helpful courseware on art appreciation.

  1. Enhancing pupil learning on museum visits: A helpful look at how you can encourage learning on visits to the museum.
  2. Using film music in the classroom: A fun course focused on how film music can be used as part of teaching.
  3. Fundamentals of Music: Basics of music; helpful for teaching music in the classroom.
  4. Theater Arts Topics: Courseware designed about the theater arts.
  5. Dance Skills: Teach dance appreciation, and incorporate movement into the learning environment.
  6. Art of Color: Be able to teach your students about color and art.
  7. Introduction to Sculpture: Great courseware on the fundamentals of sculpture in art.

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