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Classroom Management Survival Course K-8/Flex Course


How many times have you thought that you could accomplish a great deal more in the classroom if your students would just behave? Classroom management is key to an effective teaching environment. In this course, teachers learn practical strategies for establishing rules, routines, and a discipline plan that really works! This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Content was meaningful and applicable to my situation. It was great to focus on workable behavior strategies that can be applied in the classroom. Very easy format to follow." - Carolyn Leslie


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.

Keep Calm and Teach: Empowering K-12 Learners with Positive Classroom Management Routines” by Victoria Lentfer

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: 66T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41473

Unit One

  • Establishing an Effective Learning Environment
  • Shifting from Reactive to Proactive
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Getting to Know Your Students
  • The Importance of Observation and Documentation
  • Developing a Discipline Plan
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • The Impact of a Teacher's Actions, Behavior, and Communication
  • Creating Directions for Routines
  • Teaching Management Routines
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Working with Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Working with Small Groups
  • Working with Difficult Students
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Why character education?
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Home-School Connection
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Working with English Language Learners
  • How to Handle Bullying
  • Individualized Behavior Plans
  • Assignment #4: Develop a behavior plan for two difficult students
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)