NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Manage It All: Students, Curriculum, and Time

EDUC 600

1 CREDIT

$145

Online

Instructor: Sophia Thwaites, {Presenter: Debbie Silver}

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $145

Partner Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Effective teachers successfully navigate their students’ often-unpredictable
classroom behavior; they establish a classroom environment that facilitates
learning; they differentiate instruction and assessment; they facilitate learning
through cooperative groups; and they find time to meet their personal goals. How
do they do it all? Veteran teacher Dr. Debbie Silver shares her classroom
management techniques and strategies as she explains how the teacher sets the
tone and climate of the classroom.

Educators will learn to head off discipline
problems before they occur using student-centered discipline techniques. With
strategies in place for managing the classroom, Dr. Silver shifts to designing
high-quality curriculum, integrating standards, using backwards design principles,
and developing activities suited to different learning styles. Dr. Silver explains
how she uses “discrepant events” to challenge students’ prior assumptions, a
technique that improves learning and increases retention. Using zone of proximal
development strategies, educators learn to develop activities that are attainable
but just beyond their students’ reach. Educators learn to use cooperative learning
as a teaching strategy, where the teacher’s role shifts from direct instruction to
facilitation. Using this approach, teachers reinforce concepts, clarify directions,
encourage students, and affirm positive group interactions. To motivate students,
teachers will learn to use intrinsic rewards, which prepare students for lifelong
learning and success rather than extrinsic rewards, which are generally short
lived.

Finally, because teachers never have enough time in the day to do
everything, they will learn how to evaluate and prioritize their own activities,
delegate, and make time to reach their personal and professional goals.
Designed for new and veteran teachers, this course provides timesaving
strategies, practical tips, and great ideas for all teachers to create an effective
learning environment for their students.

Objectives:

After completing this course, educators will know:

  • The effect that educators have on creating the classroom climate
  • How to use voice, body language, and words for managing student behavior
  • Backwards design strategies
  • How to use cooperative learning
  • The difference between extrinsic and intrinsic rewards
  • The definition of task-contingent, performance-contingent, and successcontingent rewards
  • How to set up activities and assignments that give all students a reasonable chance to success
  • How to categorize activities based on urgency and importance

Texts/Readings:

Transcripts, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations

**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi.  NOTE:  Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

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