Syllabus
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Week
1
Lesson
01 - I've Got a Secret!
Wednesday
I've Got A Secret! In our first lesson, you'll learn a very important secret about children and discipline. Once you know the secret, you'll be empowered to solve all classroom discipline problems, whether minor or severe. Armed with your new knowledge, you'll be on your way to a more peaceful, respectful, and productive classroom.
Lesson
02 - Children Need to Behave
Friday
Children Need to Behave - This lesson explores what motivates student behavior. We come into the world with a set of needs, and for the rest of our lives, we struggle to learn how to best meet those needs. In this lesson, you'll examine students’ needs and learn how to teach to them to meet those needs responsibly.
Week
2
Lesson
03 - Now You're Going to Get It
Wednesday
Now You're Going to Get It - You probably already know what approaches don't work with students, but this lesson will explain why they don't work. You'll learn about the brain’s three control centers and how they affect your students’ behavior. You'll also learn how to avoid ineffective responses that can only make problems worse.
Lesson
04 - And the Winner Is . . .
Friday
And the Winner Is... - When discipline is practiced correctly, there are no losers, only winners. Teachers win because they are able to have their needs met without imposing authority or control. Students get their needs met because they get a say in the process through the use of choices. This is the win-win approach to discipline.
Week
3
Lesson
05 - You've Got to Have a Plan
Wednesday
You've Got to Have a Plan - You have to have a plan. If you just react as situations present themselves, you are going to continually have problems. In this lesson, I'll help you create a game plan for effective classroom discipline. With this plan, you and your students can agree on which behaviors are acceptable and which are not in your classroom.
Lesson
06 - What to Do When
Friday
What to Do When - Now that you have a plan, what do you do when students choose to misbehave? What do you do when they behave responsibly? In this lesson, we'll talk about actions you can take when students choose to ignore boundaries. In addition, you'll learn about the reinforcing actions you should take when students choose to act responsibly.
Week
4
Lesson
07 - Problems and Maturity
Wednesday
Problems and Maturity - Now that you're halfway through the course, it's time to put your new knowledge into action. In the remaining lessons, you learn how to apply what you've learned to discipline problems that commonly occur in any classroom. You'll learn how to deal with these specific problem behaviors: the attention-demander, the apple-polisher, and the whiner.
Lesson
08 - Problems with Others
Friday
Problems With Others - This lesson focuses on solving problems that involve how students relate to and interact with each other. You'll learn steps that you can take that will both stop the inappropriate behavior and teach appropriate, responsible behavior. You'll learn how to effectively deal with these types of students: the arguer or excuse maker, the bully, and the fighter.
Week
5
Lesson
09 - Problems and Defiance
Wednesday
Problems and Defiance - In this lesson, you'll learn active listening and other techniques that you can use to defuse emotional situations. You'll learn how to effectively deal with students who continually behave in ways that push your emotional buttons and try your patience. You'll learn what to do when confronted with the defier, the disrespectful, and the disrupter.
Lesson
10 - Problems and Schoolwork
Friday
Problems and Schoolwork - Behavior problems often result in poor academic performance, either directly or indirectly. This lesson gives you a practical approach to helping students who have chosen to not work to their full potential. You'll learn how to help problem students such as the do-nothing, the cheater, and the homework hater.
Week
6
Lesson
11 - Problems and Independence
Wednesday
Problems and Independence - In this lesson, you'll examine discipline problems that arise out of students’ need for freedom and independence. These problems occur more frequently in the preteen and teenage years, but independence can be an issue at any age. If you are a parent as well as a teacher, you'll be interested in this lesson that shows you how to successfully deal with the procrastinator and the rebel.
Lesson
12 - Let's Try Again Tomorrow
Friday
Let's Try Again Tomorrow - What do you do if you try these new approaches but they don't work? That's the subject of this last lesson. We'll look at some additional strategies you can use to solve severe or recurring problems. The course ends on a positive note with a reminder of all of the good reasons why we chose to become teachers in the first place.