NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Teach Like a Champ: Effective Strategies for an Engaged Classroom

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

Take time to stop, reflect, and analyze why you run your classroom the way that you do.  Are you spending too much time managing, and not enough time teaching?  Are your students getting the most out of your instruction?  This course will renew educators in the quest for efficient, effective and engaging teaching that demands the best of all students.  Realign the focus to a flow of content and learning instead of housekeeping and maintaining order by utilizing techniques that speak to all aspects of instructional framework.  Whether this is your first or your fifteenth year in the classroom, you will be enlightened and reminded why you are good at what you do, and how students can thrive in your space.


Course participants will:

1.  Reflect on the purpose and effectiveness of their current teaching techniques.

2.  Understand how to empower students to take academic risks in the classroom.

3.  Explore and revisit a variety of ways to manage classroom routines and tasks.

4.  Recognize new ways of helping students to actively participate in the classroom.

5.  Implement techniques to improve the classroom experience for all learners.


Texts: Lemov, D. (2010), Teach Like a Champion. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Articles: (referenced in the study guide and posted on our website)

Farr, S. (2011).  Educational Leadership.  “Leadership, Not Magic,” pp. 28-33.

Marzano, R. (2010).  Educational Leadership.  “High Expectations for All,” pp. 82-85.

Thiers, N. (2005).  Educational Leadership.  “Building Character and Social Skills.”

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