Creating Positive Classroom Environments – EDUC 5240: Learning Materials

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Learn: Learning Theory

Course Overview

This course will focus on the role of classroom organization and behavior management in developing positive teaching and learning environments.  The impact of the physical environment, transitions, procedures, norms and expectations on managing behavior will be discussed. Developing communication and social skills and fostering a collaborative relationship between the teacher and students will be examined. Alternative approaches to managing routine and disruptive discipline problems while also creating learning spaces where students are willing to take risks and learn from mistakes will be considered. 


Preparation Resources 

  • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.


Learning Theory – Course Schedule and Topics:

This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.


Week 1: Unit 1 –  Elements of Classroom Management & The Positive Classroom


Week 2: Unit 2 – Models of Discipline


Week 3: Unit 3 – Creating & Implementing Rules & Procedures


Week 4: Unit 4 – Using Your Physical Space


Week 5: Unit 5 – Discipline Challenges


Week 6: Unit 6 – Creating and Upholding Student Expectations


Week 7: Unit 7 – Communication, Collaboration, & Rapport


Week 8: Unit 8 – Diversity Issues in the Classroom