Engaging, Motivating, and Managing Your Students

(Grades 4-8) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 6T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40127


Course Description

Does your classroom seem like a nightmare at times? Let’s face it — we’ve all been there at one time or another. It doesn’t matter if you are new to the profession or a seasoned veteran, there’s no doubt about it — managing an entire classroom of students can be tough. This online course begins by introducing different management styles and helping you find just the right fit for your classroom. The course also addresses the importance of creating a positive environment for students so they feel both engaged and motivated to learn. Some of the most daunting classroom management issues are addressed including how to keep your students motivated, working with diverse student populations, and engaging students with limited resources. Issues related to social-emotional learning will also be fully explored. Teachers will also learn about the importance of being organized, as well as how to create clear and concise rules and routines which have logical consequences. Suggestions for the best ways to respect diversity and differences will also be explored. Rounding out the course is managing small groups, establishing a solid home-school connection, and how to prevent and address bullying issues. By the end of this course, teachers will have the tools they need to better engage, motivate, and manage their students. 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.

"I found the content and resources for this course to be extremely relevant to my teaching and will certainly be utilized in the classroom." - Kristen Ruehl

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: EDUC40127
Unit One
  • The Importance of Classroom Management
  • Introduction to Different Management Styles
  • Finding the Right Fit
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
  • Respecting Diversity and Differences
  • The Power of Proactive
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • The Character Education Connection
  • Response to Intervention
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • The Importance of Organization and Routines
  • Developing a Discipline Plan
  • School-Wide Management
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Working with Small Groups
  • Motivation Matters
  • Working with Diverse Student Populations
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Preventing and Addressing Bullying
  • Engaging Students with Limited Resources
  • Home-School Connection
  • Assignment #4: Create solutions to classroom management scenarios/issues
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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