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How to Manage Your Classroom for Student Success (K-12)/Flex Course


Are you searching for ways to help your students achieve success in your classroom? Topics addressed in this course include engaging curriculum ideas, writing quality lesson plans (with clear objectives that address key standards), assessment techniques (including authentic assessment such as rubrics and portfolios as well as standardized tests), themes and literature ideas, management techniques, discipline strategies (rewards and consequences), ELD techniques, and, of course, technology integration. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content is superior. I found it organized in a practical fashion, clearly presented, and I particularly appreciated the many useful links. The curriculum of this course had a broad applicability to both a beginning teacher and a veteran." - Heather Martin


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $135 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $342


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.

Assertive Discipline: Positive Behavior Management for Today's Classroom” by Lee Canter

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: 78T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41479

Unit One

  • Standards in the Classroom
  • Writing Quality Lesson Plans
  • Selecting, Developing, and Teaching Themes
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Centers and Grouping
  • Establishing Management Routines
  • Building the Home-School Connection
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Rubrics
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Standardized Tests
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Rewards and Consequences
  • Creating a Positive, Consistent Environment
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Why children's literature?
  • Choosing and Using Literature
  • Reading Circles
  • Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
  • Using the Internet: Effective Search Strategies
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Into/Through/Beyond Lesson Approach
  • Into the Lesson
  • Through the Lesson
  • Beyond the Lesson
  • Assignment #4: Write two into/through/beyond lesson plans
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)