Beyond Compliance

Classroom Management that Fosters Responsibility, Nurtures Intrinsic Motivation, and Brings Out the Best in Students
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  • Steve Reifman Teacher, Author, Speaker

    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 Follow Steve on Twitter (@stevereifman), subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, and check out over a dozen of his classroom-tested resources at

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Beyond Compliance

Classroom Management that Fosters Responsibility, Nurtures Intrinsic Motivation, and Brings Out the Best in Students
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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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    • No prerequisite knowledge is required.
    • Over 20 lectures and 5 hours of content!
    • Course Goal: By the end of the course, you will be able to implement a progressive approach to classroom management that fosters responsibility, nurtures intrinsic motivation, and brings out the best in students.
    • Course Objectives: National Board Certified Teacher Steve Reifman will present a series of classroom-tested ideas, strategies, activities, and resources that will help teachers:
    • • encourage students to invest their hearts and minds in the class mission
    • • establish a strong sense of purpose in their classrooms so that students find meaning in their work, experience joy, and understand the many reasons why pursuing an education matters so much for their futures 
    • • empower students with lasting habits of mind and habits of character
    • • establish the routines, procedures, and expectations necessary to create a classroom environment in which students consistently behave well and produce quality work
    • • build strong, trusting relationships with students and parents
    • • seek opportunities to engage and inspire students
    • • incorporate meaningful goal-setting, reflection, and self-evaluation into their classroom practice to enable children to improve their work and behavior
    • • understand the problems associated with the use of extrinsic motivation
    • • learn how to nurture the intrinsic motivation to learn and grow that all students possess
    • Elementary teachers (Both New & Experienced)
    • Elementary principals


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  • 1
    Course Introduction

     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.

  • SECTION 1:
    Promoting the Development of Positive Habits, Attitudes, & Dispositions
  • 2
    Establish a Sense of Purpose: The Classroom Aim
    It is imperative that teachers establish a sense of purpose in the beginning of each school year so students understand the many reasons why working hard in school matters so much. Establishing an overall classroom aim is the first step in this process. In this video I define the term, explain how educators can establish an aim for their classrooms, and describe the benefits an aim offers.
  • 3
    Establish a Sense of Purpose: Class Mission Statement
    During the first full week of school, we move to the second step in establishing a sense of purpose with students: writing a class mission statement. In this video I describe how writing a mission statement with students is the single most powerful move we, as teachers, can make to establish purpose. The video includes everything you need to know to create a mission statement with students and refer to it throughout the year for guidance, support, and inspiration.
  • 4
    Establish a Sense of Purpose: The Tower of Opportunity
    The third step in establishing a sense of purpose in the classroom involves introducing students to the Tower of Opportunity, a visual metaphor that enables teachers to connect the purposes of daily lessons to the higher purposes contained in the Class Mission Statement. In the course handouts I provide a template of the Tower that you can show on a document camera or use to create a large poster or make copies that your students can fold into free-standing replicas.
  • 5
    Establish a Sense of Purpose: Personal Mission Statements
    In this video I describe the fourth step in our efforts to establish purpose with students: the creation of Personal Mission Statements. I also present a terrific art activity that you can use to culminate this 4-week process. By the end of this video, you will know how to lead your students through this process and how to help them understand the benefits of this wonderful tool.
  • 6
    Emphasize the Importance of Lifelong Habits: Habits of Character
    Along with establishing a sense of purpose, the other part of Section 1 involves emphasizing the importance of two critical sets of habits. This video focuses on thirteen "Habits of Character," traits that help children become better students and better people.
  • 7
    Emphasize the Importance of Lifelong Habits: Habits of Mind
    In this video I present a second critical set of habits known as the "Habits of Mind." These nine dispositions transcend traditional subject-area boundaries and help students become better thinkers and better people. You will learn how to bring these habits to life in your classroom through both purposeful planning and spontaneous use.
  • SECTION 2:
    Preventing Discipline Problems from Occurring in the First Place
  • 8
    Train Students in the Routines, Procedures, and Expectations of the Classroom
    From this video you will learn how to use the first 4-6 weeks of each school year to train your students in the routines, procedures, and expectations that they will need to be successful in your classroom. This video focuses on how you can create your list of "training routines," teach these routines to your students, and hold them accountable throughout the year.
  • 9
    Establish Relationships with Parents

    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.

  • 10
    Establish Relationships with Students
    To help students feel safe and comfortable in class and help them see their classmates as friends and resources, there are steps we can take in the beginning of each school year. From this video you will learn how to use the power of modeling to build a cooperative classroom culture. You will also learn the role that specific ice-breaking and team-building activities can play in this effort.
  • 11
    Focus on Engagement
    One of the most powerful ways to prevent discipline problems from occurring in the first place is to engage students deeply in their learning. From this video you will learn a variety of ways to achieve this level of engagement. Topics include the Passion Survey, multi-modal instruction, and Project Time.
  • 12
    Manage in a “Brain-Friendly” Manner
    From this video you will learn the important role that movement breaks, water bottles, and relaxation strategies play in creating a "brain-friendly" classroom. You will also learn how to create what author William Glasser refers to as a "need-satisfying" classroom. Specifically, you will discover the five basic needs that Glasser says students are continually attempting to satisfy and how we, as teachers, can structure our classrooms in a way that offers a "win-win" situation for everyone.
  • SECTION 3:
    Providing Meaningful Opportunities for Reflection, Self-evaluation, & Goal-setting
  • 13
    Emphasize the Importance of Continuous Improvement
    All students have the desire to improve, and this video describes how we can build the spirit of continuous improvement into the daily fabric of our classrooms. In such an environment children will be willing to put forth the sustained effort needed to improve their academic work and behavior.
  • 14
    Seek Opportunities to Inspire Students

    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.

  • 15
    Incorporate Meaningful Goal-Setting, Reflection, and Self-Evaluation Throughout the Year
    From this video you will learn many ways, both formal and informal, to incorporate meaningful goal-setting, reflection, and self-evaluation into your teaching. I share examples that address academic learning and behavior. Students who regularly set goals, reflect on their progress, and evaluate their performance develop keen metacognitive thinking skills that help them become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses.
  • SECTION 4:
    Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation
  • 16
    The Problems Associated with the Use of Rewards
    This video examines the serious problems that stem from relying on extrinsic rewards and punishments to manage people. Specifically, I go into detail about how rewards punish, rupture relationships, ignore reasons, discourage risk-taking, and decrease people's interest in activities they might otherwise enjoy.
  • 17
    A Different Approach
    In light of the information I present in Lecture 16, I use Lecture 17 to explain how teachers can move away from a reliance on extrinsic rewards and punishments and instead embrace an approach consistent with Douglas McGregor's Theory Y. I assert that the only way to achieve true classroom quality is to manage students using an approach that nurtures intrinsic motivation.
  • 18
    The First 5 Nurturing Forces of Intrinsic Motivation
    Lectures 18 and 19 focus on a set of ten forces that nurture the intrinsic motivation to learn and grow that all children possess. This video features the first five of these powerful forces: purpose, contribution, interest, challenge, and success.
  • 19
    The Second 5 Nurturing Forces of Intrinsic Motivation
    From this video you will learn the remaining five forces that nurture intrinsic motivation: inspiration, cooperation, trust, feedback, and recognition. I conclude this video by analyzing the ten forces as a whole and explaining how no extrinsic motivators can come close to matching the power of these ten nurturing forces.
  • 20
    Course Conclusion
    This final video contains a review of each of the course's four sections. I also share additional resources that you may find helpful and explain how you can contact me with any questions, comments, or ideas you may want to share.


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  • Sandra Bowers Courtois-Lawrence
    Great Management Course

    I had the privilege of hearing Steve speak in person on this topic at a local conference and left wanting more! This class delivers! Very comprehensive and full of great methods and ideas. I encourage educators, facilitators, and administrators to take this course!

  • Patrice Law Murphy
    Really Great Course

    The information was delivered in an organized, applicable manor. great ideas for running a super classroom. I'm not sure why the quizzes didn't work!

  • S K

    I found Steve's course very informative. It gave me some insight on how to prepare for and support my son's education and I now have better insight about what to look for in my son's teachers. I also found that many of the tools discussed can be replicated (with some tweaking) in my home in order to create a family environment that will encourage positive behavior...for all of us!

  • Marc F
    Fantastic Insights!

    This course went well beyond my expectations! Fantastic insights into creative ways to motivate my students intrinsically. I never realized how simplistic and inadequate simply offering rewards was. There is really a lot of brilliant, insightful information in this course that I'm already using.

  • Clara Carroll

    Steve Reifman has captured the essence of accomplished teaching and how these important elements contribute to student learning. His sense of classroom structure, mutual respect and knowing your students enhance the learning environment. Steve&#039;s course, his books and his presentations are very practical and easily implemented for both novice and experienced educators. I highly recommend his course for educators at all teaching levels.

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