Top Ten Online CCC Courses

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Which of our courses are the most popular, and why do students love them? See for yourself! We have compiled our list and have highlighted what teachers and professionals have to say about them.


  1. EDUX 7816 Reading Strategies: Developing Skilled Readers

Format: Independent Book Study

The best aspect of this course was finding some new strategies that can help some of my students that are severely behind in reading. This is my 2nd year working with a lot of the same students and the year before I used many strategies and didn’t see much growth, but using some of these new strategies, I am already seeing some growth (even though very tiny for some) and that just fills my teacher heart with joy to see any growth with my students.

 

  1. EDUX 7819 The Growth Mindset Coach: Empowering Students to Achieve

Format: Independent Book Study

The topic of growth vs. fixed mindset is very relevant to my current classroom situation, as I have students who display a wide range of abilities and levels of motivation and I must reach each one. Understanding the difference between fixed and growth mindsets I am now able to recognize these traits in my students and will adjust my teaching towards each accordingly.

 

  1. EDUX 7605 Classroom Management: Effective Strategies

Format: Independent Research Study

I was able to select a topic that I was interested in, learn more about it, and center my learning and activities around it. I think the reflection piece of this course was particularly relevant to applying the texts I read to my teaching and applying the material to my own classroom routines and procedure. I have been able to reflect on what works and what does not work. I will research further areas of interest to achieve personal and professional goals. I will guide my students and encourage them to approach learning in the same way.

 

  1. EDUX 7803 Secrets of Successful Students

Format: Independent Book Study

I have taken many professional development classes that required work that was not beneficial to me. I feel that the structured response questions provoke deep thought about the book and help me consider how the concepts can be applied to benefit my specific classroom and teaching strategies. I enjoy the way CCC formats their book studies and I plan on taking several more courses.

 

  1. EDUX 7325 Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections

Format: Online Video

As a school-based speech language pathologist (SLP), it is a struggle to find courses that are both applicable and effective for me to grow my skills as an SLP educator. I was able to read articles and explore additional resources that were applicable to speech language therapy and my role in the schools. In addition, unlike a traditional teacher, my schedule has crunch times and times that are more flexible and open due to how individualized education plan meetings and testing is completed for special education. The format of this course allowed me the flexibility to complete greater portions of it when I had more time to do so.

 

  1. EDUX 7080 Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop

Format: Online Video

I greatly benefitted from learning about different centers and reading routines to implement in my classroom and the benefit of having predictable routines in reading that kids can expect daily. It also provided insight on how to differentiate instruction for all of my students, such as using flexible grouping in the classroom. I learned a lot about how my classroom should be set up to best benefit students in their learning so that they are able to use the entire class a resource. Everything about my organization and instruction should be intentional and purposeful and the video series gave me different criteria and ideas to follow or use when doing so.

 

  1. EDUX 7402 Healing ADD

Format: Online Video

I wanted to become more aware of the symptoms and treatments of ADD. I gained important information about how to help my struggling students. I think this course should be a course every teacher takes in his or her credential course. Teachers do not have the strategies or skills to help students with ADD in their first years.

 

  1. EDUX 7355 Reading & Writing in the Disciplines

Format: Online Video

I was pleasantly surprised that a course I had assumed to be irrelevant to me as an elementary level math teacher proved to be a pivotal point in my instructional strategies. This course definitely exceeded my expectations and helped me meet needs I had not even seen before I explored this video series.

 

  1. EDUX 7545 Educational Methods and Strategies

Format: Post Professional Development

I appreciated being able to use the time that was already given to training to further my own understanding and gain credits with the course. The course requires you to think deeply about what you learned and experienced which usually would not happen after a training the materials often end up on a bookshelf in the classroom until needed again. The course requires a lot of reflection on successes and findings gained through training and professional development.

 

  1. EDUX 7160 The Learning Classroom: Theory into Practice

Format: Online Video

I enjoyed the self-paced nature and the effective presentation of the material. I appreciated the purposeful assignments as well, which is another reason this course comes highly recommended for other educators. We appreciate the value of being a life-long learner, but also are very busy people with personal lives as well and do not have time or the desire to complete meaningless assignments. Every assignment, article and video for this course was purposeful and well-intended.

 

How many of our Top Ten have you taken? Enroll in one of these or take one of our many other affordable, quality professional development courses today!

Cheers to our Teachers!

KUDOS to teachers, professors, school administrators, staff,

and IT personnel!

During this unsettling time with the COVID-19 quarantine, our teachers and professors have shown such amazing flexibility, skills, and talent! Teachers are pioneering through this imposed “distance-learning” in an incredible way.  Our educators have flipped over to online/remote learning in 4-7 days!  IT staff have been working around the clock to get this set up.  Administrators and staff are supporting the fast-paced changes in a remarkable way. Congratulations! YOU ARE AMAZING!

One mother sent a picture and description of her son on his first day of an online “distant learning” gathering. (Thanks to Jen and Frank.) The whole class was so excited about seeing their teacher and their classmates.

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In Fontana, CA, this young man was able to meet with a few of his teachers and about 30 of his classmates. The Principal and his Assistant Principle also joined in for a few minutes. The excitement of the students was palpable. They were so excited to connect with their teachers and peers.

At College Credit Connection (CCC), the Coordinators quickly converted their Face-to-Face classes to online/hybrid classes. After teachers get their distance learning programs set up, and if they have a bit more time on their (freshly washed) hands, it might be a good time to take some extra professional development classes. CCC has opened up the cap for credits per semester from 15 to 18 credits. Online learning is a great way to gain additional professional development units. In the last two months, CCC has added 22 new courses to the over 400 courses available.

Congratulations to all the teachers, professors, administrators, staff, IT personnel, as well as to the parents and students! You are making a difference in this difficult time.

Read on for some recommendations on how to deal with the stress of this time.


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Great ways to manage stress during the COVID-19 quarantine.

It is incredibly important for everyone, especially those who are working so hard under such unusual circumstances, to practice physical and emotional self-care. Teachers, professors, administrators, staff, and IT personnel are stepping up to the plate with incredible skill. But all these changes can cause undue stress and anxiety. Stress and fatigue are big factors in stripping one’s immune system, so we all need to practice extra tender self-care. The following are 10 tips to help you get through this stressful and unusual time:

  1. Sleep. Rest helps restore one’s body and mind, thus neutralizing the damaging effects of stress. Take care to get adequate sleep. Turn off your phone, computer, and television an hour before you are going to bed. Quiet your mind (see #7 below) before bed, and you will likely sleep better.
  2. Hydrate. Drink a lot of water. There are reports that if you drink water every 15 minutes, the chances of any virus entering your lungs is drastically reduced. Also, hydration helps flush out toxins. Our brains and organs need water and will function at a higher level when hydrated.
  3. Hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time. Avoid touching your face. Wipe down surfaces. Fill a spray bottle with a bit of rubbing alcohol and water, and use a light mist to spray your clothing, money, mail, and/or anything that has been touched by others.
  4. Exercise. Movement is vital for maintaining healthy circulation. The lymph system is crucial to support our immune responses, and it requires movement. Also, exercise can help ward off depression.
  5. Social distancing. Avoid going out if possible. Try to maintain a distance of at least six feet. But do NOT avoid connecting with people! Skype, FaceTime, Zoom … CONNECT! It is so important for us not to isolate during this time. Call someone you haven’t spoken with in a while – reach out to seniors and those who may be alone. You’ll feel better and they will too! Try to call or video conference if possible, as it is so much more connecting than texting or emailing. But, whatever the method, do something to connect with others.
  6. Outside time. Step outside for at least 15 minutes a day, particularly if you can do it when the sun is shining. Sunlight has anti-microbial effects and stimulates balance in the pineal gland, which supports immunity. Sunlight also provides a rich source of Vitamin D3, which has shown to be effective for the immune system, bone health, and emotional health. Ever notice how you feel better after taking a walk in the sun?!
  7. Quiet time. Many studies indicate the benefit of meditation and/or prayer for a person’s physical and emotional health. You don’t have to “do it right” – just do it! Take a few minutes throughout the day just to clear your mind. Connect with what is meaningful for you. Practice some yoga, chi gong, tai chi, take a bath, light a candle, take a quiet walk, or just sit for a bit doing nothing! Take the time to nourish a connection to what matters to you. Quiet your mind from all the worries and stresses, and you will have a better chance of feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
  8. Nutrition. Try your best to eat healthy. Your body and brain need good nutrients to operate at a high level. Supplement with high quality vitamins and minerals. A few recommendations for health and immunity are Vitamin D3, Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin C.
  9. Reduce stress. Listen to some music, read a book, take a walk. Keep your cool. It is important to take precautions and act wisely, but panic is never helpful. Breathe deeply and allow calmness to enter. Count to 10 before you speak in anger. If you feel panic or anxiety coming on, take deep breaths, then tune into the following (saying them out loud if possible): focus on 4 things around you that you can see; focus on 3 things you can touch; focus on 2 things that you can smell; and focus on 1 thing that you can taste. This helps to ground a person and often times helps to dispel panic. Stop and smell an orange, a flower, some food, a pet, or anything that will bring your focus outside of yourself.
  10. Be kind. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Reflect on things for which you are grateful. Upon waking and before bed: list 3 things for which you are grateful. Try it – it can make a difference on your outlook. Reflect on love and beauty in self, others, and the world. Be gentle with yourself.
(Compiled from a variety of sources.)

This is also a great time to take an online class and potentially move forward in your salary advancement steps. Check out the classes that College Credit Connection has to offer.

What special things are you doing for self -care right now?  Comment below!

 

 

Common Core: Where Are We Now?

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It’s hard to believe that the effort to begin developing the Common Core State Standards started 10 years ago. Now, after five or more years of implementation, what have we seen?

In June of 2019, an article in a Florida newspaper stated that while almost everyone polled in Florida said that they did not want yet another change in standards, government officials decided to move away from the Common Core and create a new set of standards. Many feel that this will not favor the public schools with a constantly changing target. However, there is a growing concern over the quality and effectiveness of the Common Core standards and the assessments.

One of the concerns of the Common Core assessments is the content. While there are some significant things missing, such as dramatic literature, there is perhaps an oversaturation of short, non-fictional snippets. Other concerns include which experts were consulted and how the results are interpreted. Finally, the level of math and reading on the text is not very high.

Some studies have shown that instead of the promised student achievement gains, there have been significant negative effects on student education. In her article, Joy Pullman points out that this decline in academic performance could even affect our country’s economy. The only people who have seemed to benefit from this were those who created and pushed the Common Core Standards.

Why were the effects possibly negative? An article in Chalkbeat suggests that several challenges could have lead to the negative effects, including a lack of quality teacher training. Others think that the problem might lie in the Common Core standards themselves.

To address the training issue, College Credit Connection, in partnership with Vanguard University, currently offers more than 30 graduate-level courses on the topic of Common Core. The courses benefit both new teachers and veteran teachers. With custom assignments at an affordable price, many teachers find these courses to benefit their instruction while also helping them move across the salary schedule. Consider taking a course to brush up on techniques for teaching the Common Core or browse the more than 300 other courses offered.

What has your experience been with the Common Core?

 

 

 

 

 

Saving Money as an Educator

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Teachers give generously of their time, and more than often, their money. With school budget cuts and limited funds, teachers have to find ways to save money and be resourceful.   Here are some great ways to get the most bang for your buck and provide your students with an optimal learning environment.

 

Books

Looking to expand your classroom library? Thrift stores, garage sales, public library bookstores (Friends of the Library) and used books stores are treasure troves of good deals to help develop a love of literacy in your students.

 

Science Labs

Need to purchase equipment for science labs and experiments? An article on TeachHub gives you tips on where to shop, how to minimize and simplify your supply list, and who to ask for donations! Flex your creative muscle as you find ways to pinch the pennies and stock your classroom.

 

Furniture and Supplies

Before you go buy furniture, craft supplies, or anything else for your classroom check Freecycle, Craigslist or Ebay! Or ask your friends and family if they have the item(s) and are willing to donate to your classroom.

 

Graduate Units

Are you in need of more graduate units to move over your district’s pay scale? Making more money every year sounds good, doesn’t it? If you want to save money for your professional development, check out the affordable courses at College Credit Connection! Read the testimonials of teachers like yourself who have found the courses to be a great value and beneficial to their classrooms.

 

More ideas

These lists of the 20 Best Money-Saving Tips for Teachers and Teaching Strategies: How to Save Money have great ideas ranging from applying for grants to getting teacher discounts! They include links and great resources for the frugal educator.

 

Do you have a great money-saving idea to share? Are you inspired by one of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

Teacher Burnout and What to Do About It

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Walk into any coffee shop and you can almost immediate recognize a fellow teacher. They probably aren’t wearing scrubs, an official uniform, or have a certain hairstyle. No, you recognize them because they are grading papers and possibly look a little discouraged because the students did not perform well on the last assessment.

You recognize that look and empathize. The demands on a teacher are never ending. The hats teachers wear are too numerous to count. Your school just rolled out a new curriculum and changed the grading system. Parents want to discuss their children’s grades and behavior. You lost your temper right before lunch today. Administration did not handle that last disciplinary situation well. Colleagues complain about other incompetent teachers. Last week’s teacher meeting went on forever while you thought about all of the bulletin boards that needed updating, progress reports you needed to finish, and parent calls you needed to make.

Teacher burnout is nothing new, but the conversation might be shifting. In an article by Tim Walker, he discusses with Doris Santoro ways that morale can be revitalized. When teachers are constantly being told what they are doing wrong without being told the correct way, it is demoralizing. Santoro suggests school leadership bring teachers together to problem solve for the well-being of the students. She also suggests looking to unions for community and collaboration.

So what does a teacher do in the midst of discouragement, fatigue, and demoralization?

  1. Change your mood

You’ve probably heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine. An intense power struggle with a student can often crumble with a joke (especially if you teach middle school!). Recognize your frustration and deliberately choose to shift the mood. Try to find the humor in the situation! Check out Bored Teachers for inspiration.

  1. Try something new

If you are having fun, your students probably will, too. If you are passionate about the content, share it with them. If you are not passionate about the lesson, go on a quest to make it more fun. The internet has so many ideas! Attend a conference, take a professional development course, or ask a fellow teacher how they approach the subject. Make the learning meaningful for the students by using real-world examples.

  1. Hold students responsible

Give your students choice. Help them chart their learning levels and set goals for themselves. Revisit those goals and progress regularly.

  1. Take care of yourself.

Exercise (take a walk in the outdoors! You know…that place outside the walls of your classroom and home). Give yourself a bedtime and stick to it. Eat your veggies and fruit. Drink water. Each healthy step will help you tackle the bigger problems inside and outside of the classroom.

Dear teacher, here’s a well-deserved virtual high five. Your dedication to your students makes all the difference. You invest in the future before and after the bell rings. Thank you for all that you do!

Do you have any advice to deal with teacher burnout? Comment below with your suggestions!