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Learn the Secrets of Step-by-step Approach to Classroom Discipline

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems I

Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while others face daily discipline battles? The answer is that some teachers know the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline.

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II

In this professional development course, you'll get the teacher training you need to deal effectively with serious discipline problems and help even the most challenging students you're teaching make more responsible choices. You'll discover how to use a new research-based six-step approach to solve severe and chronic discipline problems, including bullying, fighting, using abusive language, stealing, and refusing to work.

Teaching Students with ADHD

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are always hearing things like "Try harder," "Pay attention," and "Sit still." And they'd love to do these things;but they don't know how. In this course, you'll discover practical ways to help children with ADHD control their behavior and succeed in school.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Certificate in Educator's Fundamentals Series in only 18 - 24 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course I: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems I

There are 12 units of study

I've Got A Secret! 
In our first lesson, you'll learn a very important secret about children and discipline. Once you know the secret, you'll be empowered to solve all classroom discipline problems, whether minor or severe. Armed with your new knowledge, you'll be on your way to a more peaceful, respectful, and productive classroom.

Children Need to Behave 
This lesson explores what motivates student behavior. We come into the world with a set of needs, and for the rest of our lives, we struggle to learn how to best meet those needs. In this lesson, you'll examine students’ needs and learn how to teach to them to meet those needs responsibly.

Now You're Going to Get It 
You probably already know what approaches don't work with students, but this lesson will explain why they don't work. You'll learn about the brain’s three control centers and how they affect your students’ behavior. You'll also learn how to avoid ineffective responses that can only make problems worse. 

And the Winner Is... 
When discipline is practiced correctly, there are no losers, only winners. Teachers win because they are able to have their needs met without imposing authority or control. Students get their needs met because they get a say in the process through the use of choices. This is the win-win approach to discipline.

You've Got to Have a Plan 
You have to have a plan. If you just react as situations present themselves, you are going to continually have problems. In this lesson, I'll help you create a game plan for effective classroom discipline. With this plan, you and your students can agree on which behaviors are acceptable and which are not in your classroom.

What to Do When 
Now that you have a plan, what do you do when students choose to misbehave? What do you do when they behave responsibly? In this lesson, we'll talk about actions you can take when students choose to ignore boundaries. In addition, you'll learn about the reinforcing actions you should take when students choose to act responsibly.

Problems and Maturity 
Now that you're halfway through the course, it's time to put your new knowledge into action. In the remaining lessons, you learn how to apply what you've learned to discipline problems that commonly occur in any classroom. You'll learn how to deal with these specific problem behaviors: the attention-demander, the apple-polisher, and the whiner. 

Problems With Others
This lesson focuses on solving problems that involve how students relate to and interact with each other. You'll learn steps that you can take that will both stop the inappropriate behavior and teach appropriate, responsible behavior. You'll learn how to effectively deal with these types of students: the arguer or excuse maker, the bully, and the fighter.

Problems and Defiance 
In this lesson, you'll learn active listening and other techniques that you can use to defuse emotional situations. You'll learn how to effectively deal with students who continually behave in ways that push your emotional buttons and try your patience. You'll learn what to do when confronted with the defier, the disrespectful, and the disrupter. 

Problems and Schoolwork 
Behavior problems often result in poor academic performance, either directly or indirectly. This lesson gives you a practical approach to helping students who have chosen to not work to their full potential. You'll learn how to help problem students such as the do-nothing, the cheater, and the homework hater.

Problems and Independence 
In this lesson, you'll examine discipline problems that arise out of students’ need for freedom and independence. These problems occur more frequently in the preteen and teenage years, but independence can be an issue at any age. If you are a parent as well as a teacher, you'll be interested in this lesson that shows you how to successfully deal with the procrastinator and the rebel. 

Let's Try Again Tomorrow 
What do you do if you try these new approaches but they don't work? That's the subject of this last lesson. We'll look at some additional strategies you can use to solve severe or recurring problems. The course ends on a positive note with a reminder of all of the good reasons why we chose to become teachers in the first place.

 

Course II: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II

There are 12 units of study

What Makes Some Problems So Difficult?

What makes some classroom discipline problems so difficult? Students who present severe and chronic discipline problems have reasons behind their misbehavior. They're desperate to find ways to stop the pain of unfilled needs—pain that's driving them to behaviors that hurt themselves or others. In this first lesson, you'll learn exactly what the five basic needs are and how they motivate your students. We'll also step into a few classrooms and learn how creating a needs-fulfilling environment can stop many problems before they begin.

Dealing With Difficult Problems

As teachers, it's critical for us to come to a better understanding of students and their innermost drives. We'll begin this lesson by introducing a new six-step approach for reaching out to students to help get their needs met. You'll learn how using these steps will keep you and your students' focus on the future instead of the past, on positives instead of punishment, and on hope instead of despair. By the end of this lesson, you'll know what tactics don't work with students. And you'll have a good understanding of what does work, including the critical actions you must take when dealing with serious discipline problems.

An Effective Discipline Plan

If your goal is to have an effective way of dealing with discipline problems, then you have to have a plan for achieving that goal. Without a plan, you'll most likely react to problems without thinking, making a bad situation worse rather than better. In this lesson, we'll focus on practical steps for creating a classroom discipline plan. We'll compare ineffective plans with ones that work. You'll see how using positives, boundaries, and natural consequences can go a long way to establishing harmony in your classroom.

Teaching Time- Outs

Punitive time-outs are rarely effective when you're dealing with serious discipline problems. But there's a version of time-out—called a teaching time-out—that teaches children to become problem solvers and to take responsibility for improving their behavior. Today's lesson is devoted to the teaching time-out. You'll learn that you can't force students to behave; you must get their cooperation. By the end of the lesson, you'll have added teaching time-outs to your teachers' toolkit to help you get your students' cooperation.

Class Meetings

Just as teaching time-outs can help you solve individual problems, class meetings can help you solve problems that involve groups of students or even a whole class. In this lesson, you'll learn how class meetings allow students to discover that their class is a working, problem-solving unit. You'll see that within the class meeting, each student has both individual and group responsibilities. At the conclusion of the lesson, you'll understand that class meetings serve a variety of educational and social purposes, not the least of which is teaching students how to work together to find solutions to problems. Class meetings can also prevent discipline problems by building a trusting, respectful, and productive classroom atmosphere.

High School Problems

High school students can present special discipline problems. But children who threaten, intimidate, or bully another person engage in this behavior only to satisfy their basic needs. In today's lesson, you'll learn how responsible teachers can connect with these students to address their unfulfilled needs. And you'll gain the necessary tools to solve problems of verbal abuse, stealing, and fighting.

Middle School Problems

The middle school years can be a challenging experience for both teachers and students. Why? It can be a time of terrible uncertainty and trepidation for children. For many of them, it seems that every aspect of their lives is in flux. In this lesson, you'll learn how to help middle school students when their behavior gets out of hand. You'll see specifically how to effectively deal with students who do no school work, students who talk back, and students who engage in vandalism.

Upper Elementary School Problems

Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 experience many emotional ups and downs in their lives, which can impact their performance and behavior in school. In this lesson, you'll find out how to help these children deal with emotions such as insecurity, fear, resentment, and anger. You'll also learn how to use the six-step approach to solve problems involving bullying, constant talking, and cheating.

Lower Elementary School Problems

Kindergarten through third grade can an exciting, fun time for both students and teachers. It can also be extremely frustrating and stressful when you have to deal with discipline problems. In this lesson, you'll learn why solving problems quickly and efficiently at this age level is critical. Problems left unchecked can easily escalate into situations that can put a stop to teaching and learning. In addition, you'll learn step-by-step solutions to some specific problems: not sharing, temper tantrums, and throwing things.

Dealing With Violent Situations

In today's world, violence can occur in any school. Being prepared and knowing what to do in these intense situations can prevent serious injury to you and to students. In this very important lesson, you'll learn about the causes of violent behavior and how to recognize warning signs. Then you'll examine three scenarios based on actual events and learn what to do when confronted with potentially violent situations at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

How to Handle Special Problems

In this lesson, we'll examine aspects of school discipline that are integral to classroom management. First, you'll learn about the special problems substitute teachers encounter and what steps they can take to deal effectively with classroom discipline. Next, we'll focus on Attention Deficit Disorder and learn 35 actions you can take to help students improve their attention spans. Finally, you'll learn how academic problems can lead to discipline problems, along with steps to help students who are struggling academically.

Preventing Severe and Chronic Problems

It's time to get practical! In this lesson, you'll take what you've learned in the first 11 lessons to create strategies for preventing severe and chronic discipline problems. You'll learn nine measures to prevent severe and chronic problems from occurring in your classroom. Then you'll see 12 actions you and your colleagues can take to prevent problems from occurring in the common areas of your school. To wrap things up, we'll cover six practical ways to prevent violence from occurring at your school. This lesson echoes the key point in this course: The best way to deal with chronic and severe discipline problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place

 

Course III: Teaching Students with ADHD

There are 12 units of study

Understanding Students With ADHD

Teaching students with ADHD presents challenges and opportunities. In this lesson, you'll develop an understanding of ADHD and how it impacts children and their ability to learn in a classroom environment. We'll discuss the reasons for many behaviors associated with ADHD, some myths about ADHD, and how ADHD impacts the skills most of us take for granted, such as estimating time, monitoring effort, organizing and planning, and controlling impulses and attention. By the end of this first lesson, you'll have a new appreciation for students who struggle with ADHD.

The Diagnostic Process

In this lesson, we're going to take a close look at the diagnostic process. There are lots of steps a teacher takes in documenting a student's behavior, consulting with school personnel, and effectively communicating with a student's parents. We'll cover all of these steps, as well as the steps a pediatrician and a clinical psychologist take in evaluating a student. We'll also discuss the specific symptoms you can look for in a student and how to determine whether the student might be a candidate for evaluation. And we'll look at the differences between girls and boys with ADHD.

Are They Putting in the Effort?

Students with ADHD are often accused of being lazy, or simply not trying. In this lesson, we'll explore the issue of effort, and how students' perception of effort may be different from what others observe. We'll see how problems with effort impact school performance, and how brain chemistry relates to effort. We'll also discuss how a student's self-knowledge impacts positive behavior.

ADHD and Brain Activation

Students with ADHD often have trouble with activating their brain. Sometimes, it takes a great deal of effort to activate it at all. Some students have brains that are overactive, and others have trouble keeping their overactive brain private. In this lesson, we'll look at three types of activation problems: overarousal, underarousal, and impulsivity. We'll explore the relationships between activation and motivation, and activation and brain chemistry. We'll discuss the activation process, as well as strategies we can use to help students with these problems.

ADHD and Activity Level

Students with a high activity level can't seem to keep from wiggling, bouncing, tapping, and talking in the classroom. And this can be extremely taxing on a teacher. Chances are, you've encountered children with a high activity level before, and you've probably struggled to find ways to get these children to settle down long enough to complete an assignment. Today, we'll discuss why some students have a need to move and why movement is helpful to them, and we'll look at some of the most common movements and ways to help these students take care of their need to move without bothering you or anyone else! You'll also learn ways to incorporate movement into your curriculum that will help many of your students be more successful in school.

Attention and ADHD

We've finally gotten to the in ADHD—attention! We all attend to both internal thoughts and external stimulation. Students with ADHD struggle with attention, because their mind wanders and they don't have control over this in the same way that the average student does. Today, we'll take a close look at what attention is, how it works, how it needs to be regulated, and strategies that can help our students control both internal and external attention more successfully. So pay attention as we venture into the world of attention regulation!

The Emotional Impact of ADHD

Today, we'll look at ADHD's impact on emotions. We'll explore why this occurs neurologically and three of the most common emotional patterns we see in students with ADHD, as well as specific interventions we can use to decrease long-term negative effects. The effects of ADHD on a student's emotions can be significant. In this lesson, you'll meet three students who are dealing with some significant emotional challenges as a result of their ADHD: Ed, who copes by shutting down; Kathleen, who has developed severe anxiety; and AJ, whose frustration manifests in angry outbursts. 

Memory

Want to better understand the memory process? In this lesson, you'll learn why memory is so important, how memory works, and what happens when memory breaks down. We'll discuss working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. And, as always, we'll identify a wide variety of strategies that will improve memory functioning. Even though our focus is on students with ADHD, we can all benefit from improving our memory skills. Are you ready to store this information in your memory bank?

Problem-Solving for Academic Performance

Now that we understand how ADHD affects activation, attention, impulsivity, and memory, we can focus in on how ADHD impacts school performance. If so many of these students are smart, why do they fail? If we test their reading skills, they may do fine, but why do they make so many mistakes on reading comprehension tests? They have great ideas and answer questions in class, but their writing is often unorganized and maybe even unreadable. They seem to know the math you're teaching, but they do poorly on the tests. In this lesson, we'll look at these important issues, and explore a strength-based problem-solving model that you can use across the curriculum!

Classroom Beliefs and Rules

How do you incorporate learning strategies for students with ADHD while still addressing the other students' needs in the classroom? This is what we're going to discuss in today's lesson. We'll talk about how to create an inclusive classroom that accommodates the needs of all students, and how to treat all students fairly and give them the respect they need and deserve. And we'll discuss classroom rules that are effective for all students. We'll also talk about the underlying beliefs that support these rules and how to apply these beliefs in your classroom.

Preplanning and Facilitating an ADHD-Friendly Classroom

This lesson focuses on specific materials teachers can develop prior to the opening of school, to prepare for the effective inclusion of students with ADHD.  Then there are the teaching tools to use during lessons, to help students with ADHD stay engaged and on task.  Parents: there is a chapter specifically for you, which focuses on ways to adapt many of these same strategies when you are helping your children be successful with homework.

Student Self-Reliance

In our final lesson, we'll discuss how students can take all of the tools we teach them and use them to their advantage. Students with ADHD need to be able to rely on themselves as they navigate the education system. Today, we'll meet Brian, a junior in high school, who will share with us how he improves his self-knowledge, how he compensates for his ADHD, and the strategies he uses to succeed in school.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe PDF plug - in ( a free download obtained at Adobe.com)

Email

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly. The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

About this Course

Learn the Secrets of Step-by-step Approach to Classroom Discipline

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems I

Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while others face daily discipline battles? The answer is that some teachers know the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline.

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II

In this professional development course, you'll get the teacher training you need to deal effectively with serious discipline problems and help even the most challenging students you're teaching make more responsible choices. You'll discover how to use a new research-based six-step approach to solve severe and chronic discipline problems, including bullying, fighting, using abusive language, stealing, and refusing to work.

Teaching Students with ADHD

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are always hearing things like "Try harder," "Pay attention," and "Sit still." And they'd love to do these things;but they don't know how. In this course, you'll discover practical ways to help children with ADHD control their behavior and succeed in school.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Certificate in Educator's Fundamentals Series in only 18 - 24 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course I: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems I

There are 12 units of study

I've Got A Secret! 
In our first lesson, you'll learn a very important secret about children and discipline. Once you know the secret, you'll be empowered to solve all classroom discipline problems, whether minor or severe. Armed with your new knowledge, you'll be on your way to a more peaceful, respectful, and productive classroom.

Children Need to Behave 
This lesson explores what motivates student behavior. We come into the world with a set of needs, and for the rest of our lives, we struggle to learn how to best meet those needs. In this lesson, you'll examine students’ needs and learn how to teach to them to meet those needs responsibly.

Now You're Going to Get It 
You probably already know what approaches don't work with students, but this lesson will explain why they don't work. You'll learn about the brain’s three control centers and how they affect your students’ behavior. You'll also learn how to avoid ineffective responses that can only make problems worse. 

And the Winner Is... 
When discipline is practiced correctly, there are no losers, only winners. Teachers win because they are able to have their needs met without imposing authority or control. Students get their needs met because they get a say in the process through the use of choices. This is the win-win approach to discipline.

You've Got to Have a Plan 
You have to have a plan. If you just react as situations present themselves, you are going to continually have problems. In this lesson, I'll help you create a game plan for effective classroom discipline. With this plan, you and your students can agree on which behaviors are acceptable and which are not in your classroom.

What to Do When 
Now that you have a plan, what do you do when students choose to misbehave? What do you do when they behave responsibly? In this lesson, we'll talk about actions you can take when students choose to ignore boundaries. In addition, you'll learn about the reinforcing actions you should take when students choose to act responsibly.

Problems and Maturity 
Now that you're halfway through the course, it's time to put your new knowledge into action. In the remaining lessons, you learn how to apply what you've learned to discipline problems that commonly occur in any classroom. You'll learn how to deal with these specific problem behaviors: the attention-demander, the apple-polisher, and the whiner. 

Problems With Others
This lesson focuses on solving problems that involve how students relate to and interact with each other. You'll learn steps that you can take that will both stop the inappropriate behavior and teach appropriate, responsible behavior. You'll learn how to effectively deal with these types of students: the arguer or excuse maker, the bully, and the fighter.

Problems and Defiance 
In this lesson, you'll learn active listening and other techniques that you can use to defuse emotional situations. You'll learn how to effectively deal with students who continually behave in ways that push your emotional buttons and try your patience. You'll learn what to do when confronted with the defier, the disrespectful, and the disrupter. 

Problems and Schoolwork 
Behavior problems often result in poor academic performance, either directly or indirectly. This lesson gives you a practical approach to helping students who have chosen to not work to their full potential. You'll learn how to help problem students such as the do-nothing, the cheater, and the homework hater.

Problems and Independence 
In this lesson, you'll examine discipline problems that arise out of students’ need for freedom and independence. These problems occur more frequently in the preteen and teenage years, but independence can be an issue at any age. If you are a parent as well as a teacher, you'll be interested in this lesson that shows you how to successfully deal with the procrastinator and the rebel. 

Let's Try Again Tomorrow 
What do you do if you try these new approaches but they don't work? That's the subject of this last lesson. We'll look at some additional strategies you can use to solve severe or recurring problems. The course ends on a positive note with a reminder of all of the good reasons why we chose to become teachers in the first place.

 

Course II: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II

There are 12 units of study

What Makes Some Problems So Difficult?

What makes some classroom discipline problems so difficult? Students who present severe and chronic discipline problems have reasons behind their misbehavior. They're desperate to find ways to stop the pain of unfilled needs—pain that's driving them to behaviors that hurt themselves or others. In this first lesson, you'll learn exactly what the five basic needs are and how they motivate your students. We'll also step into a few classrooms and learn how creating a needs-fulfilling environment can stop many problems before they begin.

Dealing With Difficult Problems

As teachers, it's critical for us to come to a better understanding of students and their innermost drives. We'll begin this lesson by introducing a new six-step approach for reaching out to students to help get their needs met. You'll learn how using these steps will keep you and your students' focus on the future instead of the past, on positives instead of punishment, and on hope instead of despair. By the end of this lesson, you'll know what tactics don't work with students. And you'll have a good understanding of what does work, including the critical actions you must take when dealing with serious discipline problems.

An Effective Discipline Plan

If your goal is to have an effective way of dealing with discipline problems, then you have to have a plan for achieving that goal. Without a plan, you'll most likely react to problems without thinking, making a bad situation worse rather than better. In this lesson, we'll focus on practical steps for creating a classroom discipline plan. We'll compare ineffective plans with ones that work. You'll see how using positives, boundaries, and natural consequences can go a long way to establishing harmony in your classroom.

Teaching Time- Outs

Punitive time-outs are rarely effective when you're dealing with serious discipline problems. But there's a version of time-out—called a teaching time-out—that teaches children to become problem solvers and to take responsibility for improving their behavior. Today's lesson is devoted to the teaching time-out. You'll learn that you can't force students to behave; you must get their cooperation. By the end of the lesson, you'll have added teaching time-outs to your teachers' toolkit to help you get your students' cooperation.

Class Meetings

Just as teaching time-outs can help you solve individual problems, class meetings can help you solve problems that involve groups of students or even a whole class. In this lesson, you'll learn how class meetings allow students to discover that their class is a working, problem-solving unit. You'll see that within the class meeting, each student has both individual and group responsibilities. At the conclusion of the lesson, you'll understand that class meetings serve a variety of educational and social purposes, not the least of which is teaching students how to work together to find solutions to problems. Class meetings can also prevent discipline problems by building a trusting, respectful, and productive classroom atmosphere.

High School Problems

High school students can present special discipline problems. But children who threaten, intimidate, or bully another person engage in this behavior only to satisfy their basic needs. In today's lesson, you'll learn how responsible teachers can connect with these students to address their unfulfilled needs. And you'll gain the necessary tools to solve problems of verbal abuse, stealing, and fighting.

Middle School Problems

The middle school years can be a challenging experience for both teachers and students. Why? It can be a time of terrible uncertainty and trepidation for children. For many of them, it seems that every aspect of their lives is in flux. In this lesson, you'll learn how to help middle school students when their behavior gets out of hand. You'll see specifically how to effectively deal with students who do no school work, students who talk back, and students who engage in vandalism.

Upper Elementary School Problems

Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 experience many emotional ups and downs in their lives, which can impact their performance and behavior in school. In this lesson, you'll find out how to help these children deal with emotions such as insecurity, fear, resentment, and anger. You'll also learn how to use the six-step approach to solve problems involving bullying, constant talking, and cheating.

Lower Elementary School Problems

Kindergarten through third grade can an exciting, fun time for both students and teachers. It can also be extremely frustrating and stressful when you have to deal with discipline problems. In this lesson, you'll learn why solving problems quickly and efficiently at this age level is critical. Problems left unchecked can easily escalate into situations that can put a stop to teaching and learning. In addition, you'll learn step-by-step solutions to some specific problems: not sharing, temper tantrums, and throwing things.

Dealing With Violent Situations

In today's world, violence can occur in any school. Being prepared and knowing what to do in these intense situations can prevent serious injury to you and to students. In this very important lesson, you'll learn about the causes of violent behavior and how to recognize warning signs. Then you'll examine three scenarios based on actual events and learn what to do when confronted with potentially violent situations at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

How to Handle Special Problems

In this lesson, we'll examine aspects of school discipline that are integral to classroom management. First, you'll learn about the special problems substitute teachers encounter and what steps they can take to deal effectively with classroom discipline. Next, we'll focus on Attention Deficit Disorder and learn 35 actions you can take to help students improve their attention spans. Finally, you'll learn how academic problems can lead to discipline problems, along with steps to help students who are struggling academically.

Preventing Severe and Chronic Problems

It's time to get practical! In this lesson, you'll take what you've learned in the first 11 lessons to create strategies for preventing severe and chronic discipline problems. You'll learn nine measures to prevent severe and chronic problems from occurring in your classroom. Then you'll see 12 actions you and your colleagues can take to prevent problems from occurring in the common areas of your school. To wrap things up, we'll cover six practical ways to prevent violence from occurring at your school. This lesson echoes the key point in this course: The best way to deal with chronic and severe discipline problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place

 

Course III: Teaching Students with ADHD

There are 12 units of study

Understanding Students With ADHD

Teaching students with ADHD presents challenges and opportunities. In this lesson, you'll develop an understanding of ADHD and how it impacts children and their ability to learn in a classroom environment. We'll discuss the reasons for many behaviors associated with ADHD, some myths about ADHD, and how ADHD impacts the skills most of us take for granted, such as estimating time, monitoring effort, organizing and planning, and controlling impulses and attention. By the end of this first lesson, you'll have a new appreciation for students who struggle with ADHD.

The Diagnostic Process

In this lesson, we're going to take a close look at the diagnostic process. There are lots of steps a teacher takes in documenting a student's behavior, consulting with school personnel, and effectively communicating with a student's parents. We'll cover all of these steps, as well as the steps a pediatrician and a clinical psychologist take in evaluating a student. We'll also discuss the specific symptoms you can look for in a student and how to determine whether the student might be a candidate for evaluation. And we'll look at the differences between girls and boys with ADHD.

Are They Putting in the Effort?

Students with ADHD are often accused of being lazy, or simply not trying. In this lesson, we'll explore the issue of effort, and how students' perception of effort may be different from what others observe. We'll see how problems with effort impact school performance, and how brain chemistry relates to effort. We'll also discuss how a student's self-knowledge impacts positive behavior.

ADHD and Brain Activation

Students with ADHD often have trouble with activating their brain. Sometimes, it takes a great deal of effort to activate it at all. Some students have brains that are overactive, and others have trouble keeping their overactive brain private. In this lesson, we'll look at three types of activation problems: overarousal, underarousal, and impulsivity. We'll explore the relationships between activation and motivation, and activation and brain chemistry. We'll discuss the activation process, as well as strategies we can use to help students with these problems.

ADHD and Activity Level

Students with a high activity level can't seem to keep from wiggling, bouncing, tapping, and talking in the classroom. And this can be extremely taxing on a teacher. Chances are, you've encountered children with a high activity level before, and you've probably struggled to find ways to get these children to settle down long enough to complete an assignment. Today, we'll discuss why some students have a need to move and why movement is helpful to them, and we'll look at some of the most common movements and ways to help these students take care of their need to move without bothering you or anyone else! You'll also learn ways to incorporate movement into your curriculum that will help many of your students be more successful in school.

Attention and ADHD

We've finally gotten to the in ADHD—attention! We all attend to both internal thoughts and external stimulation. Students with ADHD struggle with attention, because their mind wanders and they don't have control over this in the same way that the average student does. Today, we'll take a close look at what attention is, how it works, how it needs to be regulated, and strategies that can help our students control both internal and external attention more successfully. So pay attention as we venture into the world of attention regulation!

The Emotional Impact of ADHD

Today, we'll look at ADHD's impact on emotions. We'll explore why this occurs neurologically and three of the most common emotional patterns we see in students with ADHD, as well as specific interventions we can use to decrease long-term negative effects. The effects of ADHD on a student's emotions can be significant. In this lesson, you'll meet three students who are dealing with some significant emotional challenges as a result of their ADHD: Ed, who copes by shutting down; Kathleen, who has developed severe anxiety; and AJ, whose frustration manifests in angry outbursts. 

Memory

Want to better understand the memory process? In this lesson, you'll learn why memory is so important, how memory works, and what happens when memory breaks down. We'll discuss working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. And, as always, we'll identify a wide variety of strategies that will improve memory functioning. Even though our focus is on students with ADHD, we can all benefit from improving our memory skills. Are you ready to store this information in your memory bank?

Problem-Solving for Academic Performance

Now that we understand how ADHD affects activation, attention, impulsivity, and memory, we can focus in on how ADHD impacts school performance. If so many of these students are smart, why do they fail? If we test their reading skills, they may do fine, but why do they make so many mistakes on reading comprehension tests? They have great ideas and answer questions in class, but their writing is often unorganized and maybe even unreadable. They seem to know the math you're teaching, but they do poorly on the tests. In this lesson, we'll look at these important issues, and explore a strength-based problem-solving model that you can use across the curriculum!

Classroom Beliefs and Rules

How do you incorporate learning strategies for students with ADHD while still addressing the other students' needs in the classroom? This is what we're going to discuss in today's lesson. We'll talk about how to create an inclusive classroom that accommodates the needs of all students, and how to treat all students fairly and give them the respect they need and deserve. And we'll discuss classroom rules that are effective for all students. We'll also talk about the underlying beliefs that support these rules and how to apply these beliefs in your classroom.

Preplanning and Facilitating an ADHD-Friendly Classroom

This lesson focuses on specific materials teachers can develop prior to the opening of school, to prepare for the effective inclusion of students with ADHD.  Then there are the teaching tools to use during lessons, to help students with ADHD stay engaged and on task.  Parents: there is a chapter specifically for you, which focuses on ways to adapt many of these same strategies when you are helping your children be successful with homework.

Student Self-Reliance

In our final lesson, we'll discuss how students can take all of the tools we teach them and use them to their advantage. Students with ADHD need to be able to rely on themselves as they navigate the education system. Today, we'll meet Brian, a junior in high school, who will share with us how he improves his self-knowledge, how he compensates for his ADHD, and the strategies he uses to succeed in school.

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Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007EFS
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 18 - 24 weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 96 hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion

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This course is available to begin on the following dates

  • 11 September
  • 16 October
  • 13 November
  • 11 December

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