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Becoming an Effective Cooperating Teacher Module

Becoming an Effective Cooperating Teacher

Prepare yourself to become a cooperating teacher for NIU teacher candidates. Learn about the key characteristics of a cooperating teacher, the levels of teacher development, expectations, and responsibilities.

Classroom Acoustics Module

Classroom Acoustics: Importance to Successful Listening and Learning

Classroom acoustics directly affect students' ability to listen and learn. On completion of this module, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe types of acoustic barriers in the classroom
  • Explain the importance of having favorable classroom acoustics
  • Identify steps to produce favorable acoustics in the classroom
Pathogens in the Classroom Module

Pathogens in the Classroom: Chronic Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases commonly found in school children affect both learning and teaching. Learn about the diseases that can affect you and your students – transmission, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and management in the classroom.

Reader Response Module

Reader Response

Learn strategies for facilitating reader response at the elementary and middle levels. The module covers the following response tools: visual aids, modeling by teacher, questioning and requesting, and feedback.

Teaching Reading Comprehension Module

Teaching Reading Comprehension: Seven Research-Based Strategies for Grades 3-8

Discover research-based strategies for teaching reading comprehension to grades 3-8 students. The module covers comprehension monitoring, cooperative learning, graphic and semantic organizers, question answering, question generation, and story structure.

Teaching Vocabulary Module

Vocabulary in the Content Areas

Learn how to teach vocabulary in many different subjects. This modules covers types of vocabulary and vocabulary words, instructional principles, and appealing activities to use with students.

Writing Strategies Module

Writing Strategies for K-8

Learn new ways to help K-8 students improve their writing skills. This module covers the writing process, writing in various genres, traits of good writing, and classroom techniques. Samples of student work are included.

Inquiry-Based Science Curricula Module

Inquiry-Based Science Curricula

Find information, examples and external resources for high-school science teachers to incorporate inquiry-based learning into their classrooms.

Universal Design Module

Universal Design for Learning

Learn strategies for accommodating student's individual differences in the classroom.

You Can Help Module

You Can Help! Teachers Helping Students Feel Safe & Supported

Discover strategies for creating safe and supportive classroom environments.

Universal Design Module

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Gain a richer understanding of the Response to Intervention concepts and processes.