Effective Classroom Management Online

Course Outline

Course Description

This course is designed to assist teachers and administrators in public and private schools to develop skills to help them effectively manage the behavior problems that today's students bring to school. Students will participate in several assignments that reinforce the concepts and strategies found in the textbook The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong. Most of the assignments require access to a classroom and are designed for currently employed teachers. Special provisions will be made for participants who do not have access to a classroom.


  • Evaluate present level of classroom management skills
  • Identify goals for the course
  • Evaluate the importance of “withitness”
  • Evaluate teachers based on the Four Stages of Teaching.
  • Analyze the impact of expectations on students and teachers
  • Create an invitational idea
  • Evaluate a classroom to determine the level of readiness
  • Analyze how effective reputations are developed
  • Evaluate current procedures used in the classroom
  • Develop appropriate rules for the classroom
  • Develop consequences and rewards for rules
  • Develop appropriate procedures to insure a well-managed classroom
  • Evaluate the importance of cooperative learning, how to make cooperative learning work, and how to structure a cooperative learning activity
  • Compare and contrast the components of Powerful Learning
  • Develop a personal growth plan
  • Develop a model discipline plan

Curriculum Design & Time Requirements

Effective Classroom Management is a 13 week 3 credit graduate level or sixty hour professional development course taught online. Most modules take one week to complete. Module 10 will be completed over two weeks so students have time to revise and complete the final integration project.

Hardware & Computer Skill Requirements

Students may use either a Macintosh computer or a PC with Windows 2000 or higher. Students should possess basic word processing skills and have internet access with an active e-mail account. Students also are expected to have a basic knowledge of how to use a Web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox etc.

Course Materials

The required textbook for this course is The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong. In addition, online readings and Web site reviews (including journal articles and best practices from the body of educational research) will be assigned during the course to enhance learning. These readings will be presented as annotated Web sites within the course content.

Session Outline

Session 1: Introduction and Overview
Objective: Evaluate present level of classroom management skills.
  1. Course Requirements, Goals, and Expectations
  2. Introduction of Class Members
  3. Setting Personal Goals
  4. The Nominal Group Process
  5. Evaluation of Present Level of Classroom Management Skills

Session 2: The Effective Teacher
Objective: Review research on classroom management.
  1. The Research on Effective Classroom Management.
  2. Efficient vs. Effective
  3. The Four Stages of Teaching
  4. Don't Be A Pal

Session 3: Why Positive Expectations are Important & How to Welcome and Invite Students to Learn and Behave
Objective: Understand the importance of conveying high expectations.
  1. The Importance of Conveying High Expectations
  2. Developing and Applying Skills for Welcoming Students
  3. Developing and Applying Skills for Sending Positive Invitations to Students

Session 4: How to Have Your Classroom Ready and Your Reputation Will Precede You
Objective: Evaluate a classroom to determine the level of readiness.
  1. Evaluation of a Classroom to Determine the Level of Readiness
  2. Understanding How Effective Reputations are Developed

Session 5: Classroom Procedures
Objective: Evaluating current classroom procedures.
  1. Entering the Classroom
  2. Seating Arrangements
  3. Starting the Class
  4. Taking Roll
  5. Class Assignments
  6. Homework

Session 6: Classroom Rules, Consequences, and Rewards
Objective: Develop appropriate rules for the classroom.
  1. General Rules
  2. Specific Rules
  3. Your Rules
  4. Presenting Your Rules
  5. Area of Freedom
  6. Why Consequences Are Needed
  7. Negative Consequences
  8. Rewards or Positive Consequences
  9. Postive Language, Rewards, and Praise

Session 7: Developing Procedures
Objective: Understand why procedures are essential.
  1. Why Have Procedures?
  2. What Procedures are Needed
  3. Teaching Procedures
  4. At-Risk Students and Procedures

Session 8: Working Cooperatively
Objective: Creating a cooperative learning classroom.
  1. The Benefits of Cooperative Learning
  2. Dividing Your Class into Groups
  3. Who is in the Group?
  4. Making Cooperative Learning Work
  5. Structuring a Cooperative Learning Activity
  6. Implications for Teachers and Administrators

Session 9: Powerful Learning
Objective: Understand the components of Powerful Learning.
  1. What is Powerful Learning?
  2. The Components of Powerful Learning
  3. Implementing Powerful Learning

Session 10: Your Personal Growth Plan and a Model Discipline Plan
Objective: Develop a model discipline plan.
  1. Teaching as a Profession
  2. Improving Your Performance
  3. Taking Risks
  4. Classroom Rules
  5. Positive Consequences
  6. Negative Consequences
  7. Course Evaluation


  Assignment Points   Grading Scale  
  Talking Points  30      100 – 93 A
  Reading Assignments/Reflections  20       92 – 85 B
  Model Discipline Plan  30       84 – 77 C
    Final Exam  20            
  Total Points  100    

Student Requirements

1. Actively participate in all activities.
2. Complete all reading and reflection assignments.
3. Complete the Model Discipline Plan assignment. Review research and literature on classroom management to insure the plan is researched based.
4. Pass a final exam.

Student Academic Integrity

Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.


To register to take TEI's Effective Classroom Management Online course, go to the Course Registration page.