Excellent course! I learned lots of useful information that I can actually use in my classroom. The instructor made the information easy to understand, and the length of each lesson was just right--enough information to digest without being too long. I felt that I was able to complete each lesson in a reasonable amount of time."
This is a very good course. The instructor has the experience and is fun. Thanks."
This was my first online course. I truly enjoyed it. I learned some things that I plan to implement at the beginning of next school year. Thanks for your responses to my assignments."
I learned new techniques that will help me in my classroom. I suggest ALL high school teachers take it for professional development."
This was an outstanding class! I am a second-year teacher, and the content of this course was exactly what I needed to read about during the summer before my second year of teaching. It covered so many practical, interesting topics in a very user-friendly way. I wish I could remember everything to incorporate right when I return to school! I intend to look back at my printouts often as situations arise. Thank you so much for putting together such a fantastic course for such a reasonable price."
Really practical information presented well. Highly recommend this class. I enjoyed this course. I know I will be able to apply much of the information in order to become a better teacher."
Nicely written course. I will use what I learned in the classroom, and I appreciate the instructor's teaching style. The examples of situations he had encountered and observed were very helpful. Thank you for the course."
Thank you for new ideas for high school students--after 10 years every educator probably needs a new perspective, and you present a positive and encouraging way to help our students."
Course Code: ths
In this first lesson, you will examine adolescent psychology to help you understand why your students make the choices they do so that you can guide them in making better, more responsible choices. Knowing how your students’ brains function will help you create engaging, effective lessons. Then you will discover several seating arrangements that you can use to match your teaching style. You will find out about high-tech and low-tech aids that can enhance your instruction. You will be given a lesson plan that will help your students establish a classroom constitution.
Explore the role that relationships play in creating a classroom atmosphere that fosters academic achievement and responsible behavior. You will learn to connect with your students and provide a positive environment for them. You will discover one of the most powerful relationship tools available: the class meeting. You will also look at interest inventories as a way to help you get to know your students. Then you will learn the difference between ineffective praise and effective encouragement, how effective positive reinforcement differs from conditional praise, and key components of an effective school-wide reinforcement system.
This lesson will show you how to determine your students’ learning styles and how to use strategies to adapt your lessons to those styles. You will also explore differentiated assessment strategies to allow your students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. Then you will explore why SEL should be an integral part of your instruction. You will learn how to teach your students to identify emotions in themselves and others. You will discover how to teach your students to manage their emotions and disagree with others in a respectful manner.
Explore how to create lessons that have their basis in your students’ current knowledge, meet their needs, and take advantage of their strengths and preferences. You will also learn how you can gain support from the parents. You will examine the barriers that can prevent you from gaining parental backing and how to overcome those barriers. You will learn how to conduct parent conferences---both regularly scheduled conferences and ones related to solving problems.
Examine the more traditional question-based assessment and two types of assessments (problem-based and performance-based) that focus on evaluating how students use what they have learned. Then you will explore common discipline problems and explore ways to deal with them effectively and efficiently.
In this final lesson, you will look at preventive and remedial approaches to bullying and cyber-bullying. You will examine what you should do when you face a violent or potentially violent situation. Then you will learn to use simulations, competitions, and games to make your instruction fun and effective.
James E. Thompson, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of distance learning courses for educators with more than 25 years of experience. He has created 30 video-based courses that have been offered by more than 100 colleges and universities. More than 250,000 educators have taken his courses.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.