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3 Hours Graduate Credit through CSU--Pueblo

Instructor: Jennifer Hair 

ED501 (counts towards initial Master of Education courses) 


Course Description

Get ready for an inspiring and transformative journey in our graduate-level teacher course! In this course, we'll dive into the captivating world of "The Energy Bus" by Jon Gordon. Buckle up as we explore the key principles and strategies from the book that can supercharge your teaching career and positively impact your students. We will dissect the concepts of positive energy, leadership, and the power of a positive vision, drawing direct connections to your role as an educator. From creating an engaging classroom culture to developing effective leadership skills, you'll learn how to drive success for both yourself and your students. Expect dynamic discussions, practical applications, and a collaborative learning environment. By the end of the course, you'll not only have a deeper understanding of the principles laid out in "The Energy Bus" Hop on board and let's fuel your teaching journey with positivity, leadership, and the unstoppable energy needed to navigate the challenges of education!



By the end of this graduate-level course inspired by The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, teachers will:

  • Cultivate Positive Classroom Culture: Develop the skills to foster a positive and inclusive classroom environment, promoting a culture of enthusiasm, collaboration, and mutual support.
  • Apply Leadership Principles: Demonstrate an understanding of leadership principles outlined in the book, translating them into practical strategies for effective classroom management and educational leadership.
  • Implement Positive Visioning Techniques: Utilize positive visioning tools to set clear goals and objectives, creating a roadmap for personal and professional success in the teaching profession.
  • Enhance Communication Skills: Improve communication skills to effectively convey ideas, provide constructive feedback, and build strong relationships with students, colleagues, and parents.
  • Adapt Resilience Strategies: Develop resilience and adaptability in the face of challenges, using the principles from The Energy Bus to navigate setbacks and maintain a positive mindset.
  • Facilitate Student Engagement: Apply engaging teaching strategies that captivate students' interest and enthusiasm, incorporating the book's principles to create a dynamic and interactive learning environment.
  • Promote a Growth Mindset: Foster a growth mindset among students by incorporating concepts from the book, encouraging them to embrace challenges, learn from failures, and persist in their educational journey.
  • Create Personalized Action Plans: Construct a personalized action plan that integrates The Energy Bus principles into daily teaching practices, reflecting on personal strengths and areas for growth to continuously enhance teaching effectiveness.


Required Text(s) and Other Materials: 

Required text: Gordon, Jon. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. Wiley, 2015. 


The Energy Bus for Kids - hardcover picture book: (optional)  


Online links to purchase


Audio book


Any questions? Email 


Hop on THE ENERGY BUS: 10 Rules

  • Once registration with Connected Classroom is complete, you will receive a welcome letter from the instructor within 48 hours with access codes and instructions for the course. If you do NOT hear from the instructor, please email or


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