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

Are you concerned about the prevalence of bullying and violence in high schools across America? For many different reasons, the classrooms, quads, hallways, and cafeterias of many high schools are not as simple as they used to be. This online course is designed for high school teachers who are looking to discover strategies and initiatives for addressing these bullying behaviors in their classrooms and schools. This course begins by digging into the different types of bullying. Teachers learn how to proactively approach a variety of bullying behaviors so that students’ important social and emotional skills are addressed and nurtured as a way of regulating and resolving a variety of intense emotions. This course specifically addresses research-based approaches to bullying prevention, including the establishment of rules and expectations, teaching recognition strategies to all involved stakeholders, and the various methods of reporting and communicating violent outbursts. At the end of the course, teachers will understand how to best help students penetrate the deep-seated code of silence so that they can transform from bystanders into important and critical upstanders. Teachers will also learn how to correctly respond to incidents of bullying so that victims are taught to refuse to partake in the continuing behavior. By doing so, students are taught how to replace aggression with compassion and kindness. 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 $99 with the discount (regularly $149)

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $271


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)