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3 Graduate Credit Hours (ED500)


Catalog Description:

Many of us have a competitive nature and want to succeed in all we do. As teachers, our competitive nature may come out in our desire to win in the classroom; achieve student success. Teachers want to create a classroom of strong culture, positive mindset, build meaningful relationships and improve teamwork, all at the highest level of learning.


Great leaders take a look at all of their successes, failures, victories and errors. From these lessons we, as teachers, can learn how to better develop, mentor and encourage our students to continue to try to improve themselves and others around them.

In this course we will discover how to push ourselves and our students to focus on the process not the outcome, because this is how we grow. Great teachers dive into areas that are not always easy but, beneficial to our classrooms. This class will explore just how to make that dive by focusing in on the important “C”s that define our Classroom; Culture, Contagious, Consistency, Communication, Connection, Care, Creativity, Commitment, Character, Coach and Community.



Required Text(s) and Other Materials:

All materials will be provided by the instructor in the Canvas classroom.

Learning Management System: Internet access, connection to Canvas learning management system portal.



Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

· Evaluate their learning style and set goals for change

· See the educational system through a different scope

· Adjust teaching styles to meet the needs of todays generation

· Better create connections between community and students

· Assist students in moving outside of their comfort zone

· Focus on positivity and resolve the negative conflicts surrounding schools

· Reflect on current and past ideals and look forward to future goals in the classroom

"C" is for Classroom

  • Mercedes Rasmussen, M.A, M.Ed., is a business teacher and DECA sponsor with 25 years of experience in the secondary classroom and 2 years of experience as an instructor at the University level in the area of Teacher Education. She believes in the power of building strong relationships with students and building a warm and welcoming classroom environment. In her free time Mercedes enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons. She is passionate about helping teachers enhance and build curriculum that engages students and helps to build excitement and confidence.

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