This course gives great examples related to how to integrate character development through teacher feedback in a positive, respective and encouraging manner that develops resiliency and self-efficacy.
This is really helpful. I've noticed that after taking this course, I am applying it to the actual field especially in my daily conversations with my students. I'm very happy because of this course!
It is very good
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A very good course. This course started with a review on positive psychology and its relationship to education, focusing on "Growth Mindset", "Grit" , and other character traits related to academic success. It presented some very clear advice for teachers wishing to encourage success by rewarding effort and simple hard work in the classroom. Teaching isn't easy and many students become discouraged. I thought that one of the best things about this course was the idea that even simple changes in the teacher's wording of a response or in his/her facial expressions might impact a student's attitude about success in the classroom. Beyond this, many academic lessons can be combined with relevant character lessons such that students benefit with increased motivation and less fear of failure.
By Kelli S•
There is a technical glitch that shows that you have completed a section of peer reviews even when you haven't. If I hadn't tried to pull up my certificate on the last day, I would have had to switch sessions...for the second time. Unfortunately, there is no recourse for talking to someone directly to fix the glitch. Other than that, it is a fantastic course with easily applicable lessons shared at a great pace with classroom examples. I learned a ton and began immediately applying strategies to my classroom.
By Gary T•
I really enjoyed this course. Dave and his esteemed guests really opened my eyes to some ideas and methods that previously I wasn't familiar with or if I had a vague idea I certainly wasn't using the knowledge.
I'd thoroughly recommend any teacher to listen to what they have to say, and see what they have achieved. I'm totally confident that you'll find something you want to change in your classroom.
By Theodoros F•
Good course, interesting theory, opens up a new thinking process for planning classes. The dual purpose classes, i.e. content plus the development of some of those characters strengths discussed in the course will certainly be much more problematic than presented; also the evaluation of character strengths will certainly be problematic for some time to come, but the course is till worth taking.
By Tereza F•
I didn't know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised. I would wish for a bit more practical/concrete hints on creating the dual purpose lessons in other subjects than reading, but that's something I can probably think about by myself.
I really learned a lot about myself and the way I can teach in the class.
By Petra T•
I really enjoyed learning about teaching character from this course. The part I enjoyed the most were videos from real classrooms and conversations with real teachers. The challenge for anyone teaching outside of the US would be to try to adjust and implement this in the context of their country's school system.
By Riin A•
Quite informative. However, if you are not working as a teacher while taking this course it is a bit hard to do the assignments.
By Christine R•
Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms was a good course. I learned a lot about teaching character to students.
By Ashley W•
Full of great ideas about teaching character. I see that my approach to teaching has shifted and my students are benefiting.