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Engaging, Motivating, and Managing Your Students (4-8)

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 addresses some of the most daunting classroom management issues including how to keep your students motivated, working with diverse student populations, social and emotional learning, and engaging students with limited resources. Teachers will also enjoy learning about the importance of being organized and proactive, as well as how to create clear and concise rules and routines which have logical consequences. Rounding out the course is managing small groups, developing a discipline plan, and how to prevent and address bullying issues, among others. 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 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

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


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.

Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students” by Pernille Ripp

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: 6T02

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: Respond to a classmate
  • 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: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)