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Two Teacher Education Courses Offered By Video At UW-River Falls

Two self-paced video courses for educators are offered this spring by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies.

"Adults love the opportunity to learn in the comfort of their own homes," says Judy Cooper, developer of the video courses. "A well-produced course on video can reinforce and extend tradition classroom information."

Participants in the video course, "Student Groups: High Performance Learning," will learn strategies to create highly functioning student learning groups in their classrooms. Participants will also learn how research supports learning groups, the varieties and purposes of groups and how to create and evaluate them, and the use of groups to increase mastery of other academic areas.

In "Increasing Student Self-Esteem," Cooper will demonstrate the best strategies to raise student self-esteem and to create and maintain a classroom environment where students are highly motivated and work to their potential. Participants will learn how to recognize the causes of low self-esteem, use activities to build self-esteem and motivation, examine expectations for students, and recognize behavior problems.

In her 40 years as a professional educator, Cooper has taught all levels and has administrative experience as a special education director, elementary and junior high principal, high school assistant principal, and assistant superintendent. She has done extensive research on the learning needs of students and has authored a number of books for teachers and parents addressing vital topics about children.

For more information and to register, call UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies at (715) 425-3256 or visit the Web site, www.uwrf.edu/ogs. -30-

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