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Classroom Management Strategies for High School Teachers/Flex Course


Does managing your high school classroom seem like an impossible task? Most of us routinely invest a lot of time, effort, and energy into our most challenging students, oftentimes with unsustainable results. The truth is that high school teachers do not have to exhaust themselves in order to successfully manage their classrooms. Even though teaching adolescents can be difficult at times, it can also be a very rewarding experience. This online course addresses some of the most daunting classroom management issues including how to set boundaries and establish rapport, respecting diversity and differences, how to hook and keep students motivated and engaged, social and emotional learning, anti-bullying strategies, establishing a growth mindset, and how to shift ownership of learning from the teacher to the student. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"LOVED this class! I got so much out of it! It was so helpful with ideas for my 9th grade students and the craziness of the high schoolers I work with. Thank you!! - Rachel Manko-Hinds


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.

The Quick Guide to Classroom Management” by Richard James Rogers

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: 102T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40140

Unit One

  • Breaking Down Classroom Management
  • The Dynamic Elements of the Teenage Experience
  • Relating Control to Classroom Management Styles
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Starting the School Year Off Right
  • Setting Boundaries and Establishing Rapport
  • Classroom Rules and Procedures
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Respecting Diversity and Differences
  • Building Community within a High School Classroom
  • How to Involve and Engage Students
  • Assignment #3: Respond to a classmate
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • The Art of Motivation
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Active Learning
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Preventing and Addressing Bullying
  • The Proactive Approach to Discipline
  • Typical High School Problem Areas
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Making Allies, Not Enemies of Parents and Administration
  • Managing Cooperative Learning Groups
  • Making Technology Work for You
  • Assignment #4: TBA
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)