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Best Practices for a Successful Primary Classroom (K-3)

Do you need help keeping your young students engaged and focused? This course is designed for primary teachers who are in need of learning best practices for creating and managing a successful primary classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the new 21st century standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues and overall classroom management techniques help teachers manage their classrooms more successfully so they have time for what is most important—meeting the needs of their students. Teachers will learn how to maximize the resources they have available to them as well as find innovative ways to gain more resources at little-to-no cost. This course also provides successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons. Mainstreaming English language learners and students with special needs is also covered in depth. 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 am so happy that I was able to participate in this course! The content was meaningful and relevant to primary teachers and beyond. Right away I began applying the strategies and accessing the resources to assist me in my current classroom" - Nicolle Storm


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.

At-Risk Students: Transforming Student Behavior” by Charisse Beach

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: 15T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41570

Unit One

  • The Most Common Challenges in a Primary Classroom
  • The Perfect Primary Classroom
  • Recognizing the Needs of Students
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • The Teacher’s Role in a Successful Primary Classroom
  • The Best Methods for Managing Student Behavior
  • Anti-Bullying Strategies for the Primary Classroom
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Effective Time Management and Organizational Strategies
  • Engaging and Motivating Every Student in Your Classroom
  • Differentiating Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Students
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Successfully Mainstreaming English Language Learners and Students with Special Needs into Your Classroom
  • Transitioning to the Rigorous Common Core State Standards with Confidence
  • Understanding and Preparing Students for the Common Core Assessments
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Making the Most of Classroom or School Technology
  • Addressing a Lack of Classroom Resources
  • Dealing with Difficult People and Parents
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Best Practices for Dealing and Communicating with Parents
  • The Habits of Highly Successful Teachers
  • Resources for the Successful Primary Classroom
  • Assignment #4: Develop a plan for using new strategies
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)