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

(Grades 4-6) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 16T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41573


Course Description

Are you struggling with how to motivate and manage your 4th through 6th grade students given the many challenges both students and teachers face on any given day? This online course is designed for teachers of grades four through six who are interested in exploring best practices for developing, managing, and maintaining a successful classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing comprehensive grade-level standards, while managing and organizing your time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues, including bullying, are covered along with overall classroom management techniques that focus on positivity, engagement, and motivation. Teachers will also learn how to respond to a variety of teaching challenges, including how to effectively reach at-risk populations such as English language learners, students with special needs, and students who live in poverty. Ideas for making the most of available technology to enhance your lessons are provided. We also share suggestions for addressing a lack of classroom resources. Techniques for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students in our widely diverse classrooms are covered as well. Finally, ideas for efficiently and successfully working with parents and families are also shared. By the end of this course, teachers will feel better prepared to successfully manage a middle grades classroom. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

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Enrollment Options

Course Only

$124 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD

$329 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.


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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: Course Reflection

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