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3 Graduate Credit Hours (ED500) through Colorado State University - Pueblo


Credit Hours: 3

Format: Online Self-paced

Instructor: Mercedes Rasmussen; MA, M.Ed Email:

This courses is a graduate level ED500 course with a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory designation on transcript 


Catalog Description:


It is no secret that the vast majority of disciplinary problems and frustration teachers encounter in the classroom, comes from the boys they teach. As a mother of boys, this course was designed to help teachers understand how to help boys be more successful in the classroom and understand where the difficulties lye.

Teachers care about their personal growth and excellence in the classroom and, you probably have a “bag of tricks” you have used in the past, to help foster learning in your classroom. This course will aid in improving your skills in helping students develop confidence and independence. This course will allow for you to understand teaching boys through 6 different lenses and how to incorporate those into your classroom. Additionally, this course will aid in fostering more engagement, achievement and independent growth and success with boys.


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:

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 today’s 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

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  • 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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