NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Manage It All: Students, Curriculum, and Time

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

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

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.


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


Transcripts, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

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. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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