Learning Differences MOOC
https://courses.mooc-ed.org/ld2/course
Unit 1: Embracing New Habits of Mind (February 9 - February 15).
Participants will further their thinking about Learning Differences and the "myth of average" among their students. Educators will begin to develop and apply new habits of mind which will support student learning. The essential questions for this unit are:
  • What are learning differences?
  • How does thinking about students’ learning differences affect my teaching practice?
  • What are the benefits of focusing on students’ strengths rather than weaknesses? What are the challenges of this approach?
Unit 2: Working Memory (February 16 - February 22).
This unit focuses on the impact of working memory on student learning and behavior in classrooms. Participants will learn and apply strategies to better support students' working memories. The essential questions are:
  • What is Working Memory and how does it affect student learning?
  • How can teachers support students who struggle with working memory or leverage students with strong working memory?
  • Which strategies or solutions related to working memory best meet your students' needs?
Unit 3: Motivation (February 23 - March 1).
This unit focuses on the impact of students' motivation on learning and behaviour in classrooms. Participants will learn and apply strategies to better foster student motivation. The essential questions are:
  • What are intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and how do they affect student learning?
  • How can teachers build intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in classrooms?
  • Which strategies or solutions related to motivation best meet your students' needs?
Unit 4: Executive Function Part 1 (March 2 - March 8).
This unit establishes a basic understanding of executive functioning skills by explaining what they are and how they impact student learning. The essential questions are:
  • What are executive functioning skills and how do they affect student learning?
  • How can teachers develop executive functioning skills in classrooms?
Unit 5: Executive Function Part 2 (March 9 - March 15).
This unit expands on the questions answered in Part One of Executive Function; it dives further into the specific components or facets of executive function and provides strategies and ideas for better supporting and developing students' executive functioning skills. The essential questions are:
  • What are the components of executive function and how do they affect student learning?
  • What strategies or solutions might help me strategically support students who struggle with specific components of executive function?
Unit 6: Conclusion (March 16 - March 22).
In prior units, we built knowledge of and strategies for addressing various constructs of learning differences. In this unit, we bring these elements together to apply in your classroom and outline opportunities for future learning. The essential questions are:
  • What progress have you made in your classroom with regard to learning differences?
  • What strategies or next steps would you take to continue down this path?
As a reminder, the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed is a self-directed course. While we have dates outlined for the units, the course will remain open for many weeks after. This will allow time to catch up, review resources in further detail, or save resources you wish to revisit.