Teaching Methods
Course Outline

Course Fee: $90
ACF Approved CEH: 15 Hours
Subject Area: Culinary Education
Course Approved by: The American Culinary Federation
Instructor: Amber Johnson

The fee for this course includes access to all online course materials and an official certificate of completion from chefcertification.com. Once your course is completed, your course completion will be authenticated, and a certificate of completion will be generated. This official certificate of completion will be uploaded to your account, and available through the course dashboard for this course.

Introduction/Course Description:

This course has been designed to help you reflect upon your own teaching methods and possibly offer some new ideas for you to add to your teaching palate. We hope to make this course informative as well as engaging. Your time is valuable and we want to offer practical tools for you to use in the classroom. I remember so many classes in graduate school that looked great on paper but offered no tools for me to use back in the classroom. This course is different. You will walk away with practical tools to help focus your lessons and improve student learning. All you need is an open mind, a writing journal, and a classroom in which to test out some new ideas.

Course Objectives/Program Outline

Module One - Introduction to Effective Teaching Methods

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore various methods of effective teaching, as well as reflect upon personal teaching style.
  • Identify ways to begin the school year in an enriching way and discover how to bring these ideas into your classroom.
  • Plan lessons in an effective, organized manner, such as the proper development of course materials, while reflecting upon prior lessons in order to improve and strengthen them.

Project 1: Learning from Past Experiences
Quiz: Multiple-choice questions that pertain to objectives above.

Module Two- Techniques and Lecture Strategies

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways to create an engaging discussion in the classroom setting.
  • Discover ways to encourage student participation by promoting critical thinking skills.
  • Identify ways to teach the large lecture course while allowing for student participation as well.

Project 2: Peer Observation
Quiz: Multiple-choice questions that pertain to objectives above.

Module Three- What is Cooperative Learning?

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the criteria for effective cooperative learning activities.
  • Understand the step-by-step process of designing group work and the ability to become a facilitator in the transfer of knowledge.
  • Identify and describe the different roles students play in small, collaborative groups.
  • Explore different types of group work activities to use in the classroom.

Project 3: The Classroom Experience
Project 4: Learning Activities
Quiz: Multiple-choice questions that pertain to objectives above.

Final Exam:

Multiple choice questions taken from each module.

Final Learning Statement

Learning statements should be in a narrative format – as opposed to an outline format. Depending on individual writing styles Learning statements should be 2-3 pages. The learning statement can vary according to individual style. Your learning statement should answer the broad question of "what did you learn?". To help get you thinking, here are some suggested questions:

  • What are the major concepts of the course that you have learned?
  • What new professional language have you acquired relating to the topic?
  • What teaching techniques for implementing new strategies in the classroom did you come away with?
  • Thinking back to your project reflections, were you surprised at the outcomes?
  • What new resources did you find in the study of the content?
  • As an educator, what new concepts will you now integrate into your teaching?
  • Are there any ideas that presented themselves as enlightening and useful?

Requirements for Course Certificate of Completion

The following are the general course requirements for issuing a certificate of completion for this course:

  • Student must receive 80% or better on each module quiz as well as the final exam
  • Student must complete all course projects as outlined within the course
  • Student must complete a Final Learning Statement at the end of this course

Summer Option

If you are not currently teaching (ie. Summer break, you are a substitute teacher, etc.), each class offers you the ability to complete coursework independent of a classroom assignment.