Responsive Classroom Management in the Primary Grades

(Grades K-3) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 7T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40138


Course Description

Does it sometimes seem like your students are running your classroom, instead of the other way around? 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 trusting 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 response to intervention. 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 connect character education to classroom management are 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 really enjoyed this course and learned alot. I already told my students we will be revamping our rules and consequences soon. I will be using techniques related to the restorative/proactive approach in my classroom. I'm happy I took this course." - Maureen Gambino


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: EDUC40138
Unit One
  • Classroom Management Defined
  • Finding Your Management Style
  • Establishing a Trusting Environment
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • The Power of Proactive
  • The Art of Motivation
  • The Importance of Organization
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Setting Boundaries and Teaching Expectations
  • Classroom Rules and Procedures
  • Using Classroom Tools to Manage Procedures and Routines
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • The Issue of Discipline
  • Response to Intervention
  • School-Wide Management
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • The Character Education Connection
  • Preventing and Addressing Bullying
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Working with Small Groups
  • Working with Diverse Populations
  • Home-School Connection
  • Assignment #4: Create solutions to classroom management scenarios/issues
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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