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Best Practices for a Successful High School Classroom (9-12)

Are you a high school teacher interested in improving your instructional strategies and classroom management techniques? This online course provides opportunities for teachers to explore strategies for improving differentiation by scaffolding for a variety of learning abilities including gifted students, English language learners, and special needs students. Additionally, the course provides solutions for common obstacles at the high school level, including engagement strategies and time management. Throughout the course, teachers will find resources to use in the classroom, some for student management and others for instructional purposes. Teachers will also learn a variety of strategies for using technology to improve student learning and performance. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I absolutely loved this course as it has been so valuable in helping me with real-world suggestions and handouts that I can take and use immediately." - Andrea Walker


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $112 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $284


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.

Discipline in the Secondary Classroom: A Positive Approach to Behavior Management” by Randall S. Sprick


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: 33T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41580

Unit One

  • The Most Common Challenges in a High School Classroom
  • The Perfect High School Classroom
  • Learning Goals for a Successful High School Classroom
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • The Best Engagement Strategies for High School Students
  • Time Management and Organizational Strategies
  • Motivating Students for Success
  • Anti-Bullying Strategies at the High School Level
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Differentiating Instruction for All Students
  • Serving English Language Learners
  • Serving Students with Special Needs
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards with Confidence
  • Rigor and the Common Core Standards
  • Understanding and Preparing Students for the Common Core Assessments
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Technology Resources for Teaching and Learning
  • Making the Most of Classroom Resources
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Making Grading More Manageable
  • Creating a Supportive Relationship with Parents
  • Resources for the Successful High School Classroom
  • Assignment #4: Develop a plan for using new strategies
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)