Traditional classroom management approaches tend to focus on getting students to comply with rules through the use of extrinsic rewards and punishments. These coercive approaches produce, at best, short-term obedience and have the potential to thwart the development of many positive student behaviors and dispositions that we promote in our classrooms. This effective classroom management course presents an alternative classroom management approach rooted in intrinsic motivation and designed to create a learning environment in which children work hard, work together, and work with purpose.
This effective classroom management course is divided into four sections that contain a total of 20 video presentations. It will take approximately 5 hours to complete the effective classroom management course.
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This video provides an introduction to the alternative, progressive approach to classroom management featured in this course. Instead of focusing on getting children to comply with rules using extrinsic rewards and punishments, this approach emphasizes the "3 P's" of classroom management: promoting the development of positive habits, attitudes, and dispositions; preventing discipline problems from occurring in the first place; and providing meaningful opportunities for goal-setting, reflection, and self-evaluation.
To help children realize their amazing potential, we need to build and maintain relationships of trust with their parents. This video describes a rationale for home-school communication, guiding principles, and specific tools we can use to keep parents informed and involved throughout the year.
This video features a wide variety of ways in which we can inspire our children to work hard and do well in school. Specifically, we can use quotes, signs, rubrics, visuals, and stories. This video includes effective examples of each.
Steve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several books for educators and parents, including Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a Time, Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8, and Rock Your Students' World. Steve is also the creator of the award-winning Chase Manning Mystery Series for kids 8-12. Each book in the series features a single-day, real-time thriller that occurs on an elementary school campus. For Teaching Tips, articles, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit www.stevereifman.com. Follow Steve on Twitter (@stevereifman), subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, and check out over a dozen of his classroom-tested resources at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:Steve+Reifman.