Course Code: ths
What motivates high school students? How do their brains work? You'll delve into those questions by taking a look at adolescent psychology. Understanding why your students make the choices they do can help you guide them to make better, more responsible choices. Plus, knowing how your students' brains function will help you create engaging, effective lessons.
You can have an orderly, smooth-running classroom! This lesson will show you several seating arrangements that you can use to match your teaching style. You'll find out about high-tech and low-tech aids that can enhance your instruction. You'll also receive a lesson plan that will help your students establish a classroom constitution. Everything you will learn in this lesson will help you teach smarter rather than teach harder.
In this lesson, you'll explore the role that relationships play in creating a classroom atmosphere that fosters academic achievement and responsible behavior. You'll learn to connect with your students and provide a positive environment for them. The lesson will discuss one of the most powerful relationship-building tools available: the class meeting. Finally, you'll learn about using interest inventories to get to know your students and thereby help them succeed.
It's time to look at recognition and positive reinforcement at the high school level. First, you'll learn the difference between ineffective praise and effective encouragement. Then, the lesson will discuss how effective positive reinforcement differs from conditional praise. Finally, you'll explore the key components of an effective schoolwide reinforcement system.
How can you use differentiated instructional strategies to meet your students' diverse needs? In this lesson, you'll find out how to determine your students' learning styles and how to use strategies such as flexible grouping to adapt your lessons to those styles. The lesson will also discuss using differentiated assessment strategies to allow your students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
How does social-emotional learning relate to your students' success in school? In this lesson, you'll investigate why SEL should be an integral part of your instruction. The lesson will explain how to teach your students to identify emotions in themselves and others. Then, you'll learn how to teach your students to manage their emotions and disagree with others in a respectful manner.
How can you create lessons that have their basis in your students' current knowledge, that meet their needs, and that take advantage of their strengths and preferences? You'll explore this complex issue in Lesson 7.
How can you gain support from your students' parents? This lesson will discuss the barriers that can prevent you from gaining parental backing. It will then talk about how you can overcome those barriers and create a home-school partnership. The lesson will also go over how you can conduct parent conferences—both regularly scheduled conferences and ones related to solving a problem.
In this lesson, you'll examine the more traditional question-based assessment. You'll then explore two types of assessment that focus on evaluating how students use what they've learned: problem-based and performance-based assessment.
Do you have students who use phones or other electronic devices without permission in your classroom? Do you have students who talk when they should be working? What about students who refuse to do their work or who cut class? You'll examine these common discipline problems and explore ways to deal with them effectively and efficiently.
How can you help students who are defiant and who resist your attempts to help them be more responsible? In this lesson, you'll look at preventive and remedial approaches to bullying and cyberbullying. You'll also examine what you should do when you face a violent or potentially violent situation.
How can eyedroppers and M&M's enliven your curriculum? In this lesson, you'll look at how to use simulations, competitions, and games to make your instruction fun and effective. The lesson will include examples from different subject areas and different parts of the country.
Annemarie Thompson is an award winning learning designer with over 15 years of experience in the distance learning industry. She produces courses on key teacher development topics including Differentiated Instruction, Classroom Discipline, and Classroom Management. Her courses have been offered by more than 100 colleges and universities and were the basis of an accredited online master's program.
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.
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 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."