Immediate Solutions for Middle School & Secondary Classroom Management
Instructor: Tammy Berg
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Correspondence
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $345
Partner Class Offered Through S.C.T. Continuing Education Services
This course is packed with great advice and practical tips for classroom control. As a result of participation in this course, students will learn how to deal effectively with most disruptions without taking the matter beyond the classroom walls. The strategies offered will help classroom teachers with managing student behavior, dealing with disruption, as well as confronting moral and ethical issues. This course will also give suggestions on improving the learning environment through connecting with students, preparing students to work, managing your classroom, and working with parents. With topics as varied as 'lost homework' to bullying to attention seeking clowns, the information offered in this course can be a valuable boost to any educator’s personal classroom management plan. This course offers forms, samples, and evaluation tools that will help teachers continually fine-tune their management plan to reach more students. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to design a classroom management plan that prevents problems, motivates students, and teaches them to behave responsibly.
As a result of participation in this course, students should be able to:
1. Understand key concepts about managing student behavior, including motivation, behavior modification, and expectations.
2. Develop clear goals for the classes they teach and ways to evaluate if these goals are being met.
3. Design Instruction and Evaluation procedures that create a clear relationship between effort and success.
4. Create routines and procedures that allow classrooms to run smoothly without behavior issues interfering.
5. Create plans for teaching students how to be successful by setting clear and consistent behavioral expectations.
6. Develop plans that will respond consistently to student misbehavior.
7. Apply organizational routines and procedures that will maximize instruction and improve responsible behavior in students.
8. Create plans for periodic review of current classroom management plans and how to adjust them accordingly based on success of those plans.
9. Develop intervention plans for chronic misbehaviors beginning with basic interventions and moving to more complex interventions only when necessary.
10. Analyze their classroom management plan and finalize changes to a first day plan.
11. Synthesize various ways to improve students’ desire to succeed and be motivated in class including improvement in effective instruction strategies as well as giving positive feedback to students.
12. Develop a detailed plan of action for their classroom management system with a focus on student achievement.
Text / Readings:
The required reading is found in the following texts:
Foley, D. (2007). Ultimate classroom control handbook. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Publishing, Inc.
Sprick, R. (2006). Discipline in the secondary classroom, 2nd edition. San Fransisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.