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Effective Classroom Discipline: Anger Management, Part I

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites, {Presenter: Diane Wagenhals}

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $145

Partner Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

The expression of anger at school can disrupt instruction, create a hostile environment, and make students and teachers feel unsafe.  This course explores the relationship between anger, violence prevention, and effective discipline in schools. Participants study how to better manage and respond to anger—their own and others’—and thereby enrich their classrooms and schools.  Participants also learn to support calm brain states for students and to promote emotionally safe climates in which students’ productivity can thrive. Adopting a healthy philosophy of anger will make participants adept managers of that unruly emotion.  This course can be taken alone or with Effective Classroom Discipline: Anger Management, Part II.


  1. Knowledge –at the end of this course, participants will understand:
    1. Differences between fear-based/anger-based discipline and respect-based discipline,
    2. Variations and/or masked forms of anger, and
    3. Fundamental principles of anger most often exhibited in the classroom.
  2. Skills –after this course, participants will:
    1. Identify distorted trigger thoughts,
    2. Consider and learn ways to apply the concept of “ACEing” anger,
    3. Build resources of visual examples of anger to share with students, and
  3. Dispositions –after this course, participants will appreciate:
    1. The basic response categories, "Anger-out" or "Anger-In,”
    2. The concept of wise rule-making,
    3. The responsibility to act in an executive capacity with students, and
    4. The place for and value of venting anger.


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**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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