How can you reach students in the high school class? What can you do to motivate and teach so that your students are ready to succeed in life as well as school? In this course, you’ll learn about the latest teaching strategies and techniques that can help your secondary students achieve academically and behave responsibly. You will cover a broad range of topics, including differentiated instruction, classroom management and discipline, assessment strategies, and gaining parental support. You will discover tips for creating need-fulfilling lessons that engage students, suggestions for using simulations and games that make learning enjoyable, and how to teach your students the social-emotional skills they need to succeed both in school and in life. You will learn how to motivate students with recognition, rewards, and reinforcement, how to deal with discipline problems, and the value of varying your assessment strategies.
Throughout the course, you will view videos that illustrate the concepts you’re learning. You will hear from education experts and see actual classroom teachers demonstrating the techniques taught in this course. Guest experts appearing in the videos include Dr. William Glasser (Choice Theory), Dr. Carol Tomlinson (The Differentiated Classroom), Dr. Jane Bluestein (The Win-Win Classroom), and Jon Erwin (Inspiring the Best in Students). By the end of this course, you will have mastered proven ways to help your high school students succeed both in school and in life!
In this first lesson, you will examine adolescent psychology to help you understand why your students make the choices they do so that you can guide them in making better, more responsible choices. Knowing how your students’ brains function will help you create engaging, effective lessons. Then you will discover several seating arrangements that you can use to match your teaching style. You will find out about high-tech and low-tech aids that can enhance your instruction. You will be given a lesson plan that will help your students establish a classroom constitution.
Explore the role that relationships play in creating a classroom atmosphere that fosters academic achievement and responsible behavior. You will learn to connect with your students and provide a positive environment for them. You will discover one of the most powerful relationship tools available: the class meeting. You will also look at interest inventories as a way to help you get to know your students. Then you will learn the difference between ineffective praise and effective encouragement, how effective positive reinforcement differs from conditional praise, and key components of an effective school-wide reinforcement system.
This lesson will show you how to determine your students’ learning styles and how to use strategies to adapt your lessons to those styles. You will also explore differentiated assessment strategies to allow your students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. Then you will explore why SEL should be an integral part of your instruction. You will learn how to teach your students to identify emotions in themselves and others. You will discover how to teach your students to manage their emotions and disagree with others in a respectful manner.
Explore how to create lessons that have their basis in your students’ current knowledge, meet their needs, and take advantage of their strengths and preferences. You will also learn how you can gain support from the parents. You will examine the barriers that can prevent you from gaining parental backing and how to overcome those barriers. You will learn how to conduct parent conferences—both regularly scheduled conferences and ones related to solving problems.
Examine the more traditional question-based assessment and two types of assessments (problem-based and performance-based) that focus on evaluating how students use what they have learned. Then you will explore common discipline problems and explore ways to deal with them effectively and efficiently.
In this final lesson, you will look at preventive and remedial approaches to bullying and cyber-bullying. You will examine what you should do when you face a violent or potentially violent situation. Then you will learn to use simulations, competitions, and games to make your instruction fun and effective.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device. A few Windows-specific examples are included. Mac students are welcome, but may not be able to duplicate all examples.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.