Best Practices for a Successful Middle School Classroom

(Grades 6-8) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 17T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41572


Course Description

Do you need help managing your middle school classroom? This online course is designed for teachers of grades six through eight who are interested in exploring best practices for developing and managing a successful junior high or middle school classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the grade level standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Issues common in grades six through eight such as time management, organizational skills, and lack of motivation are covered along with overall classroom management techniques. Teachers learn how to maximize the resources which are available to them as well as find innovative ways to gain more resources at little-to-no cost. This course also explores 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 populations such as students with special needs and those living in poverty. Mainstreaming English language learners and techniques for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students is covered as well. Finally, tips for working with parents are also shared. By the end of this course, teachers will feel better prepared to successfully manage a middle school 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.

"Great course! I would highly recommend this course for new teachers as well as seasoned veterans. The course content was relevant to my experiences in middle school. I was able to refresh what I already knew as well as learn new strategies and perspectives." - Nancy Reynolds


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: EDUC41572
Unit One
  • The Most Common Challenges in a Middle School Classroom
  • The Perfect Junior High or Middle School Classroom
  • The Teacher’s Role in a Successful Middle School Classroom
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Effective Time Management and Organizational Strategies
  • The Best Methods for Managing Behavior
  • Motivation Matters!
  • Anti-Bullying Strategies for the Middle School 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
  • 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 Middle School Classroom
  • Assignment #4: Develop a plan for using new strategies
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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