This course walks participants through the steps of creating a classroom culture plan that establishes an orderly, yet exciting classroom where students can and want to do the hard work that is required to learn and succeed. Participants uncover what motivates students to engage in learning and what the underlying causes of misbehaviors. Learners in the course will develop stronger communication techniques to motivate students in order and ensure that what is communicated is relevant, meaningful, and engaging. Strategies are also shared for developing positive and trusting peer-to-peer, teacher-to-student, and parent-teacher relationships in order to set the foundation for a productive, engaged, and respectful classroom.
In addition to designing a classroom culture plan that emphasizes motivation and engagement, participants will learn two verbal techniques that help keep behaviors optimal and in line with the expectations in the classroom. The techniques are constructed to teach students about making choices, consequences and likely outcomes that result from their choices. With these techniques, and other strategies in the course, participants will learn strategies for teaching students how to monitor and regulate their own behavior, thereby building student skills needed for success. Outcomes include skills need to de-escalate non-compliant behavior and questions to ask to spur student reflection.
This course also recognizes the importance of clear expectations, procedures, and proactive strategies to effective classroom management. The Safety, Order and Rights value set is presented as one framework for clarifying and communicating the classroom expectations, and is compatible with other value sets that simply and easily communicate the rationale for expectations and procedures. Participants will learn how to effectively teach procedures to students, and establish rules in a manner that invests students in upholding them. Overall, application of the course outcomes will create more efficient, effective, and engaged classrooms.
Understand the importance of classroom management and the relationship between engaging work, student behavior, and learning outcomes.
Explore theories of motivation and behavior management, and apply these theories to the creation of a classroom culture plan.
Explain how to begin implementing PBIS and give examples of both preventative and responsive positive discipline techniques.
Explain how to effectively redirect students and implement logical consequences using firm yet respectful teacher language.
Describe the most effective way to develop, introduce, and/or reinforce classroom rules and procedures.