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Teaching In The Fast Lane, How To Create Active Learning Experiences

Teaching In The Fast Lane, How To Create Active Learning Experiences

Does it seem harder than ever to get students interested and engaged in leaning? 

As an educator, do you ever feel like you are competing with video games and social media and that kids would rather be anywhere else but the classroom? This book is a real eye opener. It explains the importance of creating active learning experiences and a more student-centered culture. When students expend more energy during learning experiences and talk more than their teachers, it can save time and energy for us. In this book, the author gives very specific examples of learning activities that are engaging and will motivate students to take ownership and be more accountable to their learning.

Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits offered through Seattle Pacific University or 30 Clock Hours offered.

*WA State educators have the option of earning 30 clock hours offered through ESD 112.

Book: Teaching In The Fast Lane - How To Create Active Learning Experiences, written by Suzy Pepper Rollins

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1) Purchase and read Teaching in the Fast Lane, How to Create Active Learning Experiences, by Suzy Pepper Rollins. You can find this book at amazon.com or your favorite bookstore. 

2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout. The handout is provided to you after registration is completed.

3) Students will come up with a unit plan to be taught in the classroom and then create a standards wall, using one of the three templates found in the book (Figure 2.1, Figure 2.2 or Figure 2.3). Students will incorporate the essential components as described in the book, Teaching in the Fast Lane, How to Create Active Learning Experiences.

They will then write a 2-3 page paper describing the unit to be taught, which template they chose and how they plan on teaching all of the components of the standards wall, including time spent on the unit and the sequence the lessons will be  taught. 

In addition to turning in the paper, students will also send a copy of the plan for the standards wall to the instructor. 

1) All (3) assignments must be completed within 1 year. Students will upload their completed assignments to their Teacher Study Dashboard (teacherstudy.org), or Email to lorie@teacherstudy.org.

2) The rubric for the Book Study Hand-Out is broken down into 4 goal areas. 

The first goal area pertains to questions #1-13 on the Hand-Out. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric.

The second goal area pertains to questions #14-29. You will need to answer these

questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric.

The third goal area pertains to questions #30-41. You will need to answer these

questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric.

The fourth goal area pertains to questions #42-55. You will need to answer these

questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric.

3) The rubric for Teaching in the Fast Lane Reflection Paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”.

The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 20 (16 points for the

answers to the questions on the Hand-Out and 4 points for the Reflection Paper).

Grading is as follows:

“A” grade – 18-20 points

“B” grade – 16-17 points

“C” grade – 14-15 points

“D” grade – 13-14 points

“F” grade – 12 points or less

An incomplete grade will be given if all 3 assignments are not completed within 1 year.

Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $150 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU first to earn graduate credit.

Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. (Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school districts equivalent language for clock hours earned.) A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.

Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112.  $3 per clock hour. ESD clock hour claim code will be forwarded to you once the course is complete.

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