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Teaching in the Love and Logic® Classroom (P-12)

EDUC 600




Instructor: David Funk

Grading: Letter

Monday, October 27, 2014 - Friday, December 05, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

This three (3) semester hour continuing graduate education course is designed to provide opportunity for participants to become knowledgeable and skilled with the theories, principles and concepts of Love and Logic® as developed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline. Because this course is built on a specific paradigm, all instruction will focus on applications of the learning principles developed by its originators to both specific and generalized classroom learning environments, analysis of human volitional behavior, and instructional interventions.

Love and Logic® was developed from the work of Jim Fay and Foster Cline and has the orientation that classroom management, discipline, and academic achievement are greatly influenced by the degree of positive relationships between adults and students. This course will specifically examine characteristics of dealing with behavior problems, internalizing control, and avoiding power struggles that negatively impact on both student performance and teaching efficiency. The principles of Love and Logic® will be applied to such aspects of education as grading, differentiation of  instruction, special education and student achievement.


The intent of this course is for participants to develop a thorough understanding of the learning theories underlying Love and Logic® and apply that understanding to student performance. Instruction will be focused on participants mastering the following objectives:

1.      Students will identify principles of human relations relevant to the Love and Logic classroom.

2.      Students will develop a definition of positive discipline.

3.      Students will identify characteristics of an effective learning environment in the classroom.

4.      Students will implement the steps to teaching internalized control.

5.      Students will identify differences between logical consequences and punishment.

6.      Students will recognize the importance of the role of self-concept in positive discipline.

7.      Students will identify essential components of healthy self-concept.

8.      Students will develop an appreciation of the influence of the first two years of life.

9.      Students will differentiate strategies with students with performance problems.

10.    Students will have an overview of the influence of perception to discipline.

11.    Students will be able to compare a number of behavior management systems.

12.    Students will have an understanding of legal issues relevant to discipline.

13.    Students will understand the process for enhancing student achievement.

14.    Students will become familiar with the Love and Logic® website and available resources.

15.    Students will become facile with utilizing internet sites to enhance their instruction.


Because the content of this course is specifically focused on the Love and Logic® model, three texts authored by the instructor have been selected for their focus on Love and Logic® to educational issues.

Funk, Dave. (2006). Getting Special Needs Kids Ready for the Real World, Golden, CO, Love and Logic Press.

Funk, Dave. (2002). Love and Logic Solutions for Kids with Special Needs, Love and Logic Press.

Funk, Dave. (1995). Teaching With Love and Logic, Golden, CO, Love and Logic Press.

*Note: Two of these texts center on students with special needs. Although this includes those identified as eligible for special education services under federal and state laws, participants are encouraged to consider “special needs students” as those who present instructional challenges that require individualized intervention to address behavior and achievement deficits.

About The Instructor

David Funk
David Funk

David Funk received his M.S. in Special Education from University of Wisconsin. He earned his B.A. in English Education from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. In 1985, he received the Wisconsin Association of Teacher Educators (WATE) Program Achievement Award in recognition of service in teacher education. In 1992 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the New Berlin Learning Disabilities Association, and in 1997 he received the Special Recognition Award from the Wisconsin Learning Disabilities Association. David has 46+ years of teaching experience.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.

**Registration Instructions:

You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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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