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Classroom Management Winter 2018

Begins 02/21/2018

Part of the eMINTS Foundations series, Classroom Management and Community Building in the Digital Age will explore proactive strategies for managing your classroom, why kids choose the behaviors they do, and how to continuously work toward improving classroom management.You will develop an action plan with specific strategies for fostering positive relationships, responding to challenging behaviors, building partnerships with parents, establishing a learning environment which minimizes challenging behaviors and using data to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies.

Managing a classroom has always been a roller-coaster--unpredictable and thrilling when things go well, and a bit scary when things go off the rails. These days, technology integration has increased students’ engagement, but has also introduced a new set of management challenges.  

In the digital age, classroom management takes more than a discipline plan and a poster of rules. It also depends upon positive relationships between teachers, learners and parents, instructional strategies that foster empowerment, and a strong learning community. Even seasoned teachers find that classroom management is a perpetual work-in-progress, where changes in our students, the tools we use, and our own style require continuous management improvement efforts.

This online course will enable teachers to

    • Explore the different approaches to classroom management and identify a personal management style  

    • Investigate and evaluate the dynamics of a positive classroom community  

    • Develop strategies and routines to promote positive relationships with and among students

    • Explore research-based strategies to manage challenging behaviors within the classroom

    • Develop strategies and routines to manage instruction in technology-rich learning environments

    • Develop strategies for developing partnerships with parents which enhance classroom management

    • Identify technological tools which support community-building, communication and classroom management strategies

    • Collect, analyze, and reflect on student data to evaluate effectiveness of management strategies