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CTM Overview

Module by: Fred Mednick. E-mail the author

Summary: An overview of the 5 courses offered for free by Teachers Without Borders. For teachers who do not wish to earn the Certificate of Teaching Mastery, Courses 1 - 4 are available to be taken as separate, "stand-alone" courses. Given the distinct nature and focus of each course, a teacher may choose to take only 1 or 2 courses, 3 or 4 as needed to support the work that they are doing in their classsroom. This kind of course flexibility allows teachers to choose what they need and to enter any course at any time.

Introduction

Figure 1: We teach to preserve the future
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Outline of Certificate of Teaching Mastery

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The Certificate of Teaching Mastery is made up of 5 distinct online courses that are practical, interactive, and oriented for educators who teach children ages 5 to 18. They are as follows:

Course 1: Education for the New Millennium

Course 2: Teaching Methods

Course 3: Assessment Practices

Course 4: Culture for Understanding

Course 5: Educating for Civil Societies

These courses can be taken in any order, and upon successful completion of all 5 courses, a teacher earns a Teachers Without Borders Certificate of Teaching Mastery.

Courses Can Be Taken Individually

For teachers who do not wish to earn the Certificate of Teaching Mastery, Courses 1 - 4 are available to be taken as separate, "stand-alone" courses. Given the distinct nature and focus of each course, a teacher may choose to take only 1 or 2 courses, 3 or 4 as needed to support the work that they are doing in their classsroom. This kind of course flexibility allows teachers to choose what they need and to enter any course at any time.

TWB Learning Cafe

Each course has access to our TWB Learning Cafe - an interactive cyperspace where teachers can meet; gain practical tips for their classrooms; discuss ideas; share assignments; and see examples of "what works" from colleagues around the world. We are in the process of creating new forms of collaboration and will update this section so that you can access both information and a global teacher community with ease.

A Closer Look

Find the course(s) that works best for you:

Course 1: Education for the New Millennium - Bringing New Thinking in Education into Classroom Practice

In this course, you'll be introduced to educational theories and approaches to learning and how to apply them to your classroom; aspects of effective teaching; and contemporary issues in education. The material reflects a pattern of inclusive, discovery-oriented, culturally-attuned, and globally-aware teaching.

Course 2: Teaching Methods - Looking at Theory, Planning, and Management

In this course, you'll be introduced to thematic learning and cooperative learning and you'll have a chance to develop lesson plans with these ideas in mind. You are given practical tools for classroom management and ways in which you can guide students to think about their own process of learning.

Course 3: Assessment Practices - Improving Student Performance

You'll discover a new way of designing curriculum so that you get the results you want. This course includes an introduction to student portfolios, problem-based learning, and rubrics that assess different aspects of student work such as mastery of the material, or the ability to apply what one has learned to real-life experiences.

Course 4: Culture for Understanding - Understanding Our Students

In this course, you'll explore your own cultural competence in the classroom; apply multiculturalism to problem-solving; receive training on service learning; and discuss how to create and sustain connections with classrooms around the world.

Course 5: Educating for Civil Societies - Teaching as Research and Action

This course is a culminating experience with two outcomes: 1) The creation of an electronic Teaching Portfolio (E-Portfolio) that showcases your work from Courses 1 - 4 of the Certificate of Teaching Mastery; and 2) A Service Project - a professional gift to your community that applies what you have learned in the previous four courses to address a local, national, or global need in one of the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Literacy and Numeracy for Adult Learners
  • Environmental Education
  • Education through the Arts
  • Girls' Education
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Special Education
  • Community Teaching and Learning Centers

E-Portfolio

Teachers who successfully complete Courses 1 - 4 will gain access to our Teachers Without Borders Electroninc Teaching Portfolio (E-Portfolio) as part of Course 5.

As you know, a portfolio is a powerful assessment tool, and includes evidence from your work on major topics - successes, challenges, and questions. The key word is evidence that can show - far more than tests - what you know and what you need to do in order to improve. Portfolios are a professional way of demonstrating your competence and showing employers your achievements.

Traditional portfolios in the form of folders, boxes, or 3-ring binders hold papers, pictures, cassette tapes, and more. With an electronic Teaching Portfolio, known as an "E-Portfolio," information can be stored digitally, taking up little physical space, and is easily accessed from anywhere in the world.

Teachers Without Borders is pioneering E-Portfolios for teachers, and we have provided a way for you to design one. Your electronic Teaching Portfolio will contain the following elements:

  • Professional Statement - My view and approach to teaching
  • Questions - My thinking about theory and practice
  • The Imagined Classroom - School in 2010 through the eyes of the learner
  • Bringing New Thinking into Classroom Practice - Evidence of how what's new becomes the standard
  • Highlights from Certificate of Teaching Mastery - My best, most challenging, and growth-oriented work
  • My Students' Work - Samples of how planning turns into outcomes
  • What Students Say - About their work and the process of learning
  • My Service Project - Learning that serves my community
  • Expertise I Wish to Share - What I can offer other teachers
  • What I Need - Skills and resources I seek from others
  • Reflections - My life as a learner, teacher, and world citizen
  • Picture of My Classroom - A photo that tells a story
  • Resume / References / Letters of Recommendation - Support for my future in teaching

You will be able to complete all of the E-Portfolio elements by completing your assignments within each course as you go along.

To view the electronic Teaching Portfolio, click here .

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