Affective Domain of Teaching - Course Descriptions


Dealing With Stress In Education (REAL 620)

“Fully 40% of employee turnover is stress related” " ~ Psychology Today ~

   Today’s fast-paced, pressure-laden way of life creates health problems that were not recognized as serious seventy-five years ago. Stress-related diseases are now the number one concern in personal and professional health. The leading cause of death {heart disease} in America is believed to be due mostly to “un managed” stress. These facts highlight the importance of understanding the physiological and psychological effects stress can have on our body. More importantly, we must learn means to fortify ourselves against these ill effects lest they shorten our lives and discount their value. Stress Management for Educators is custom tailored for this purpose.

The Heart Of Teaching (REAL 621)

Core Ingredients Of Great Teachers

“If commerce of the heart is present, so is a culture for learning”

   The Heart of Teaching is a focused examination of quality teaching. It is designed for educational practitioners in classroom and administrative positions and is premised on the belief that only those who have a thorough knowledge of great teaching should be allowed to teach our children. Our primary objective is to encourage and assist students in a personal examination of their character, personality, and behavior as compared to the themes common to the best teachers. Research shows clearly what our best teachers are and do. THOT will not only study this, it will allow the student to experience a strength inventory providing valuable personal insight about his/her strengths compared to those of the best in the field

The Human Element In Teaching (REAL 622)

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

                                                                                                                       Alexander The Great

One of the greatest manufacturers in the world, Toyota Motors, recognizes the fact that their system or technique of manufacturing does not explain their success. Scores of manufacturers have tried to replicate Toyota’s success by following a written “formula” describing in detail their system of manufacturing. None were able to replicate Toyota’s success because they didn’t realize that at the foundation of their success is the company’s focus on the relationships it has with the employees as well as the respect they have for them as people, as human beings.

When people of any age are asked to describe their best teacher they will compose a list of personal characteristics that qualified the teacher as great. The Human Element In Teaching focuses on these personal characteristics, the qualities that make us human and great teachers at the same time. New to this course, we have woven into the study a focus on what students list as their most common struggles. Our findings is that if we can learn to deal with some of these struggles in our lives, we will not only do a better job in the classroom, but find more peace and fulfillment in our daily lives.

This experience stands alone in the educational arena in providing educators with the valuable opportunity to examine personal character and learn how to employ it for the benefit of those they serve. Students will take a close look at why Toyota Motors and some teachers are considered the greatest there are. They will examine the human element in their greatness.

Understanding And Applying Emotional Intelligence (REAL 623)

“Establishing equilibrium between intellectual faculties and animal propensities"

   Understanding and applying Emotional Intelligence is a journey to understand the scientific insights into emotions and how they impact personal and professional lives. In gaining an understanding of Emotional Intelligence we come by insight into the puzzling and difficult times in our lives and communities.

Understanding the interplay of thought and emotion is quintessential to controlling behavior. Students will assess their own emotional intelligence in preparation for group discussions designed to help understand how their behavior relates to the mastery of their emotions. This will pave the way for a study of the skills necessary for mastering emotional intelligence

An added benefit of the course will be explaining how these self-management tools can be introduced to students so they can begin to manage and take responsibility for their own progress in managing emotions. The benefits of school kids learning about emotional intelligence (and control) are immeasurable in their value to educational progress.

Classroom Applications Of Differentiated Instruction (REAL 624)

“If you want me to learn it, let me touch it"

                                                                                                                              Craig Schmidt

(Formerly “Classroom Applications Of Multiple Intelligences and Currently Offered Only Online)

We know that children are similar to snowflakes in that there are no exact replicas. Going along with this knowledge, we also know that people learn in different ways. Gaining a better understanding of how to teach to various learning styles will help maximize teacher effectiveness.

Classroom Applications of Differentiated Learning will study some well-known theories of differentiated learning such as Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence but will not credit any as being the sole means to reaching students.

Our emphasis in CADI will be on the idea that everyone learns a little differently than the next student. Our study will not only help teachers understand that a personally tailored education can be a major asset in reaching children, it will also provide teachers with practical ways to deliver individualized (differentiated) instruction. This is a challenge but not one from which we shrink.                                                        

Humor In The Classroom (REAL 625)

“Want people to pay attention to you?  Make them laugh" ~ Good Advice ~

   The evidence is legion that humor is not only one of the best healing agents known to medicine but also the best 'life-lubricating and pain-alleviating' tool available to the human race. There is recent evidence that if children can laugh while learning a lesson, they will retain the lesson much better than if they sleep through it (figuratively, of course). What is needed now is a way to help educators making humor a vital ingredient in their teaching repertoire.

    At Personal Improvement Institute, we believe that humor is truly a gift to human race from God himself (or herself). For this reason, we accept the challenge of creating a course that will help teachers weave humor not only into the fiber of their classroom curriculum, but in the fiber of their personal lives. Remember, at Personal Improvement Institute, it is our firm belief that improvements we make in our personal lives will benefit the millions of children we serve. We can't think of a better mission.                          

Dynamics Of Student Motivation REAL 626

“Finding Increased Determination In The Face of Adversity”

    Dynamics of Student Motivation is designed for educational professionals in both classroom and leadership positions.  The main objective of the course is to develop an understanding of students who do not seem to care and to learn strategies for use in schools and classrooms that will stimulate students to become engaged in the learning process. During the class we will work to understand the unmotivated student and the reasons for their disengagement.   This will be done with interactive activities and discussions. Practical approaches and activities that encourage engagement of all students will be shared each week.

The Teacher Component In Learning (REAL 627)

“The Quality of Education Can Only Be As Good As The Quality Of The Teacher In The Classroom”

    We’re excited about our newest of offerings that we launched recently.  Based largely on the concepts and work of Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth, this course will be an in depth look not only at the importance of the human element in the teaching and learning process, but it will allow students to look within for those characteristics that comprise these elements.   The person (teacher) is the most important element to the success of the student. The Teacher Component In Learning offers unlimited opportunities to learn about or improve upon the meta-cognitive skills required to reach the pinnacle of effective teaching.