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RDLA400: Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World (K-6)

young digital readers

As educators, we fully realize the power of reading! We appreciate how it fills us with emotion, takes us on adventures, and opens a gateway to higher learning and understanding. This course provides specific strategies and tools that will help your students understand and know the joy of reading.
  • Grades K-6, facilitated course, Syllabus
  • $355, 30 instruction hours/6 weeks, earns:
    • 40 SC Renewal Credits; 3 GA PLUs; 3 NC Renewal Credits (Literacy Credit approved)
    • or 2 Graduate Credits (for addt'l fee)

Enroll now for an upcoming course session:

  • (The next course will likely begin July 19, 2017; check back after May 1, 2017.)

Description:
Learn how to ignite students’ interest through personal, real-world connections, explore digital reading and audio technologies, discover how to use a wealth of online resources and tools, and analyze social reading’s power to connect and engage. Lastly, you will develop and implement a classroom literacy initiative that will inspire a love of reading through authentic experiences.

The traditional model of teaching literature in many classrooms across the United States includes the whole-class novel approach and assigned books reports based on genres such as biographies or historical fiction. While exposing entire populations or classrooms of students to certain novels does have its merits, it doesn’t result in an authentic and inspirational reading experience. In this day and age of choice and options, we are surprised when faced with statistics that show students and adults seem to be reading less.

To help students interact with the text and to support a daily reading practice, there are strategies that help to guide students through their reading, gain a deeper understanding of the text, and develop a joy-centered reading habit. The sessions in this course focus on the idea that nurturing and developing the practice of consistent and daily reading requires teachers to give students opportunities to read every single day.

View the full syllabus (pdf).

Note: This is a facilitated course. Learners submit coursework and participate in asynchronous discussions throughout the course term and receive graded feedback.

   
       
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