Classroom Management: The First Weeks of School

Based on the work of Serena Pariser

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The first few weeks of school are critical and are often a reflection of the remainder of the school year. This 15-hour course combines specific strategies from Serena Pariser’s Real Talk About Classroom Management with video from real classrooms to teach you best practices that set the right tone in your classroom from the very start of the school year. You will develop classroom management skills including what to do on day one, setting routines and structures early on, and creating purposeful seating charts.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss research-based engagement strategies including learning targets.
  • Describe the benefits of purposeful grouping.
  • Integrate a differentiated approach to instruction into instructional planning that both challenges and supports all students.
  • Analyze aspects of zero-tolerance in the classroom to set clear and comprehensible expectations for students.


Course Modules Include:

  • Module 1: Get Your Students Engaged
  • Module 2: Building on the Basics
  • Module 3: Differentiate
  • Capstone Project

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