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Classroom Management for Inactive Educators
 
Course Description
    

As educators we learn theories and philosophies about classroom management but seldom learn practical methods for effective management. Classroom management involves a positive classroom environment, appropriate standards of behavior for students, student engagement, and effective management of routines and transitions. Establishing daily routines early in the school year is essential to effective classroom management. In addition, the physical environment of the classroom has an effect on classroom management. This workshop is intended to help inactive teachers develop a practical guide to classroom management.

 
Course Syllabus
    
Overview
As educators we learn theories and philosophies about classroom management but seldom learn practical methods for effective management. Classroom management involves a positive classroom environment, appropriate standards of behavior for students, student engagement, and effective management of routines and transitions. Establishing daily routines early in the school year is essential to effective classroom management. In addition, the physical environment of the classroom has an effect on classroom management. This workshop is intended to help inactive teachers develop a practical guide to classroom management.
 
Goals
By the end of this course, participants will understand:
  • recognize how high teacher expectations relate to classroom management,
  • understand the connection between a well-managed classroom and effective instruction,
  • analyze and compare classroom management profile styles,
  • identify their personal management style,
  • recognize positive language examples that promote effective classroom management,
  • analyze factors that contribute to a positive learning environment,
  • identify and develop characteristics of a well managed classroom,
  • identify steps to get students involved in setting classroom goals
  • determine how to give students a voice into development of classroom and individual goals,
  • encourage students to take ownership of their own contribution to a well managed classroom,
  • identify ways to encourage students to take ownership of their own contribution to a well managed classroom.
  • establish procedures and routines for various classroom situations,
  • know  how to engage students in knowing and fulfilling their responsibilities,
  • be able to provide support for students to successfully complete classroom routines and procedures,
  • recognize the importance of using positive discipline actions instead of punishments.
  • develop a set of classroom expectations that are consistent, fair and that promote student self-control,
  • identify instructional strategies that contribute to the development of students' responsibility,
  • understand how the physical environment of the classroom impacts student learning and classroom management,
  • evaluate the physical environment of a classroom, and
  • design an arrangement for a classroom to maximize efficiency and classroom management

Course Organization
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.
 When you see the "Read" icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.
When you see the "Activities" icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.
When you see the "Discuss" you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.

Prerequisites
This professional development course is designed for K-12 inactive teachers.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files.
Microsoft Word is required in order to read, edit and/or create documents for this course. If you have a WVDE k12.wv.us email account, you have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, etc. as part of Microsoft Office 365. You should see your school/county technology support person if you need help in using/installing Word and/or other Office applications.
If you do not have a k12.wv.us email account, Word must be acquired through other means.  One way to get access to Word Online at no charge is by Creating a Microsoft Outlook Account with Access to FREE Office Online.
 
Format And Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.
The outline for the workshop is as follows:
Session One What is Classroom Management?
Session Two Establishing a Positive Climate for Learning
Session Three Empowering Students: Setting Goals
Session Four Classroom Expectations: Routines and Procedures
Session Five Classroom Management: Effective Discipline
Session Six Investigating the Physical Classroom Environment
 
Assignments And Assessment
Each session includes readings, activities, and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete weekly. This is a three-hour graduate level course and will require 45 hours to successfully complete the tasks. Participants should plan to spend 6.5 - 7 hours weekly to read assignments, complete activities including the session projects and participate actively in the weekly discussions.
 
Orientation Quiz: During the Orientation Session, participants are expected to complete the Orientation Quiz. The quiz may be completed as many times as necessary to score at least a 90% accuracy.

Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.

Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.

Course Projects: During Session One, participants will save the Classroom Management Planning Guide Template to their computer and complete one session of the project each week during Sessions 1 - 5. You can type directly into the file and save the new file entries each session. During Sessions One through Five, participants will place their completed Classroom Management Planning Guide into Discussion #2 for peer-review. Each participant will peer-review a colleague's session project. During Sessions One through Five, participants will attach their course project to the session dropbox for facilitator review. In Session Six, participants will save the  Classroom Environment Planning Guide Template to their computer and complete it during Session 6. It will be placed into Discussion #2 for peer-review and then submitted to the dropbox for facilitator review.  The following rubrics will be used during this course.
 

Discussion Forum: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in Discussion Forum #1.This course has dual discussion posting for each session, one of which is a peer-review forum in which participants review a colleague's project.
Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the Discussion #1 prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings in Discussion #1 each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original Discussion #1 messages by course participants and enough additional Discussion #1 responses to make a total of 50% of the Discussion #1 messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.
The guidelines for the discussions and how they will be evaluated are located in the Discussion Guidelines and the Checklist for Evaluating Discussion Postings. The facilitator will follow these guidelines and the checklist when evaluating successful participation in Discussion #1.
Participants are also required to post their session project to Discussion #2 of each session for peer-review.  Each session will have a peer-review rubric which is a modified version of the project rubric that the facilitator will use to evaluate the participants' projects. Read the Rubric Review Help Guide for guidelines about conducting a peer-review. Participants will Highlight the items in the "Satisfactory" column on the peer-review rubric that meet expectations. Make remarks in the "Comments" column about items that need improvement. Also, add any areas that are exemplary in the "Comments" column. These rubric reviews will be posted in the Discussion #2 and participants will have the opportunity to revise the project before submitting it for facilitator grading.

Course Grading Expectations
All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion.  A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

Copyright And Plagiarism Information
All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented.
Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities.  All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project.
 
Plagiarism, the reproduction of all or any part of another individual’s or organization’s work, by a course participant of work associated with the course project or other course assignments at any point during the course will result in no credit being awarded for the course 
Course projects are to be the work of an individual course participant. Group projects require special permission of the program coordinator, Donna Landin (dlandin@k12.wv.us).
 
Software Disclaimer
Participants are to seek assistance regarding the appropriate software programs to be downloaded when updating or installing new programs on their computers. Inappropriate downloads of software may result in malicious programs being installed on your computer.
 
Certificate Of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Classroom Management, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via attachment to the course feedback in the Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
 
Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information
Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/ Welcome Page.