Course Description

This course helps teachers build genuine bonds between themselves and their students and between students and their classmates, to create “kindred classhomes” with a foundation of acceptance, respect, and shared purpose. For many of our students, our classrooms may be a safe, nurturing refuge…the eye of the hurricane they experience as life. This course will help you develop strategies, rituals, and environmental design skills to create these safe havens of learning: kindred classhomes where students and teachers work together in synergistic ways that benefit all members of the school family. Students will learn how to differentiate for classroom management and discipline similarly to differentiating for students’ diverse academic needs. One size does not fit all, but all sizes can fit together.

Learner Outcomes

As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

  • Articulate the differences between traditional school relationships versus kindred school relationships
  • Discuss Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Model and how it relates to classroom development
  • Describe the of Senge’s Theory of Learning Organizations how they relates to classroom synergy
  • List and describe Gardner’s A-Typical Intelligence Types and how these affect behavior and learning
  • List and discuss Reverman’s Synergy Types and how these affect behavior and learning
  • List and describe Myers–Briggs 16 Personality Types and how these affect behavior and learning
  • Review Brain-based behavior models and their affect on learning and social behavior
  • Understand and articulated how bullies are created and how bullies can be untrained 
  • Comparison & contrast of Fred Jones’ Positive Discipline model with other classroom management systems
  • Review and discuss how to create a nurturing, safe classhome
  • Analyze literature and lessons that reinforce positive relationship-building with students
  • Study and discuss songs and activities that reinforce positive relationship-building with students
  • Review and list cooperative games that reinforce positive relationship-building with student
  • Understand and describe how to develop empathy in students
  • Understand and describe how to help students self-regulate emotions, behavior and social interactions


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Section Title
Building School Communities: Brain Smart Classroom Management
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (4 units) $390.00
Available for Credit
4 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Virtual Education Software, Inc.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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