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Classroom Management Basics
October 23, 2018 - December 31, 2285
“How will I manage my classroom?” If you are a new or new-ish teacher asking yourself this question, then this course is for you. This question represents an important consideration as you create, reconsider, and potentially implement a classroom management plan that is successful with all children. Establish your own philosophy of classroom management. Classroom management is more than just discipline.
Classroom Management Basics

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Professional development
  • Self-paced, asynchronous, start any time
  • 10 hours of learning, includes full lifetime access to course discussions and materials
  • Certified badge (micro-credential) awarded upon successful completion of final project
Competencies addressed

As a result of completing the assigned readings, viewing the video segments, and engaging in the related discussion and activities, you will be able to:

  • Examine various facets of classroom management to design and implement a classroom management plan that will create an effective environment for learners.
  • Collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders to create a classroom environment that maximizes student success.
Standard met

Meets InTASC professional standards for the licensing of new teachers, what new teachers should know, how they should perform, and necessary dispositions for effective teaching. Specifically,

Standard #3: “Learning environments. The teacher understands how to develop and provide supportive learning environments for his or her students.”

Requirements
  • Any K–12 teacher can take this course (no prior knowledge or actual classroom experience is required).
  • Access to Internet on mobile device or computer. No purchase of additional materials needed.
  • Review and engagement of all content material included in the course, in the sequence presented.
  • Successful completion of final project.
Content and format
  • 5 research-based modules, each taking roughly 60 minutes to complete
    1. Introduction to Classroom Management
    2. Creating Positive Relationships
    3. Developing and Managing the Classroom
    4. Responding to Student Behavior
    5. Individual Behavior Plans
  • Associated activities to test your knowledge of each module
  • Final project: Produce an artifact describing your beliefs and specific expectations—that is, your management plan. Include discipline philosophy, links to research theories, rules and guidelines, consequences or disciplinary actions, and parent communication. Materials and resources may consist of direct text as well as links to articles, websites, and videos.
About the author

Dr. S. Michael Putman is Chair of the Department of Reading and Elementary Education and Professor at UNC–Charlotte. His research focuses on Development of teacher self-efficacy and intercultural competencies through field experiences. His latest book (coauthored with Tracy C. Rock is Action Research: Using Strategic Inquiry to Improve Teaching and Learning (Sage, 2018).

What teachers are saying

“I like the collaboration with others in the course. All of the materials presented were very useful.”

“I have learned about the different philosophies of classroom management, how to arrange a classroom, different ways to deal with situations, and various other things from the other participants.”

“This was an enjoyable experience.”