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General Course Information for MAT671: Appl Best Practice Strat in Cl

Course: MAT671 - Appl Best Practice Strat in Cl
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Course Description:

Upon completion of this course, participants will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities identified in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. The emphasis is on developing a repertoire of Best Practice Teaching Strategies that can be applied to classroom instruction and assessment of diverse learners.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the Best Practices standards-based strategies to their teaching.
  • Reflect on their own teaching and its effectiveness for diverse learners.
  • Use student engagement and motivation strategies to accelerate learning and create intrinsically motivated Power Learners.
  • Demonstrate the use of interdisciplinary vocabulary building strategies and define how 20 minutes a day of vocabulary development increases student achievement across subject areas.
  • Demonstrate the use of Best Practices to develop the language proficiency of English learners.
  • Apply 21st century teacher and student questioning and problem solving to develop students' critical and creative thinking.
  • Reflect on the importance of interdisciplinary learning.
  • Apply Best Practice reading comprehension strategies for textual and digital reading.
  • Apply 21st century communication strategies.
  • Create a standards- based lesson incorporating and applying Best Practice teaching Strategies.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply student engagement/motivational strategies.
  • Apply to their teaching the framework of Teach, Practice and Apply using Best Practice teaching strategies.
  • Demonstrate a repertoire of differentiated instructional strategies for assessment and grouping.
  • Demonstrate a repertoire of differentiated instructional strategies.
  • Implement Best Practice teaching strategies for the development of vocabulary, math, reading comprehension and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Implement Best Practice teaching strategies for the development of vocabulary, math, reading comprehension, and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Integrate Best Practices for Standards-based instruction across content areas.
  • Integrate Best Practices in multimedia-interactive classroom instruction.
  • Use Best Practice teaching Strategies across the curriculum.
  • Use Best Practices teaching strategies across the curriculum.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures