NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Reaching the Reluctant Learner (P-12)

EDUC 600




Instructor: Mary Wood & Raquel Thorsen

Grading: Letter

Monday, February 17, 2014 - Friday, March 28, 2014

Section 2: April 14 - May 23, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

All teachers and administrators have and/or are currently experiencing students who are creating a difficult professional challenge. These students are usually behind academically, socially, and/or behaviorally.

This three-credit continuing education graduate course is designed to help classroom teachers and administrators work more effectively with students characterized as resistant or underachievers. A theoretical and conceptual base, along with 6 basic principles covered in the Blankstein text and knowledge base, will be covered to support the practical approach to the course. In addition to reviewing relevant research, theories, concepts and principles, it will cover diagnostic/prescriptive procedures, motivation, matching styles, reinforcement options, delivery variables, instructional planning, teaching/learning strategies and a generic process to follow with such students. Lots of classroom ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be presented, shared and evaluated to the end that the achievement levels of reluctant learners as well as others will be improved.


As a result of participation in this course, participants will know and understand:

  1. How to evaluate the theoretical base presented as related to what will work with Reluctant Learners.
  2. How to implement a generic approach to working with all reluctant learners.
  3. How to quickly diagnose a wide variety of student problems, needs and interests using specific diagnostic techniques.
  4. How to correctly match a diagnostic result using simple matching styles paradigm.
  5. How to plan and implement success-loaded activities for reluctant learners.
  6. How to plan and implement a supportive structure and environment to use in dealing with reluctant learners.
  7. How to implement specific strategies that work most effectively with reluctant learners in improving their achievement levels.
  8. How to implement specific preventive strategies to use to help learners from becoming reluctant learners.
  9. How to implement a positive supportive and option-loaded Plan of Action.


The required texts are:

Basic Textbooks:

Blankstein, A. M. (2004). Failure is not an option. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Jackson, R. R. (2011). How to motivate reluctant learners. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however the textbook is not included.

**Registration Instructions:

You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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