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Best Practices for a Successful 4th-6th Grade Classroom (4-6)

Are you struggling with how to motivate and manage your 4th through 6th grade students? This online course is designed for teachers of grades four through six who are interested in exploring best practices for developing and managing a successful classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the new 21st century standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues are covered along with overall classroom management techniques. This course also provides successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons. Teachers will also learn how to respond to a variety of teaching challenges, including how to effectively reach their most at-risk students. Techniques for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students are covered as well. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Excellent course and resources! I enjoyed the selected readings as well as the links and videos. Good stuff!!" - Heidi Smith


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

"Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Growth Mindset Learning Community" by Mary Cay Ricci

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 16T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41573

Unit One

  • The Most Unique Factors of the 4th-6th Grade Classroom
  • The Perfect 4th-6th Grade Classroom
  • The Teacher’s Role in a Successful 4th-6th Grade Classroom
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Time Management and Organizational Strategies
  • The Best Methods for Managing Behavior
  • Engaging and Motivating Every Student in Your Classroom
  • Anti-Bullying Strategies for the 4th-6th Grade Classroom
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Differentiating Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Students
  • Helping English Language Learners to Succeed
  • Understanding and Helping Students with Special Needs
  • Working with Students Who Live in Poverty
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards with Confidence
  • Understanding and Preparing Students for the Common Core Assessments
  • Strategies for Integration of Content: How to Fit it All In
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Addressing a Lack of Classroom Resources
  • Making the Most of Technology
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Working with Parents
  • Maintaining the Classroom You Created
  • Resources for the Successful 4th-6th Grade Classroom
  • Assignment #4: Develop a plan for using new strategies
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)