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Classroom Management Strategies for Diverse Learners

Engage diverse learners in the art room by examining unwanted behaviors, while learning how to teach, model, and encourage desired behaviors.

Art educators encounter a wide range of diverse students each day. However, according to a 2019 report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, only 30% of teachers surveyed felt confident they could successfully engage diverse learners. This course will explore classroom management strategies and best practices to foster positive behaviors and create accessible learning in the art room to engage a diverse range of students. Participants will examine behavior challenges, and investigate how to prevent and redirect unwanted behaviors. They will also examine ways to teach, model, and encourage desired behaviors.

See the full course syllabus or Graduate Catalog for more details.



Suggested Course Sequence

  1. SPED557: Art and Diverse Learners
  2. SPED559: Adapting the Art Room
  3. SPED561: Classroom Management Strategies for Diverse Learners
  4. SPED563: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Art Room

Required Materials

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition. ISBN 978-1-4338-3216-1. If you do not already own this manual from an earlier AOEU course. 

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
Jun 5 Weeks Jul 30
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jun 5 Jul 30
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE061

Course Objectives

  • Incorporate authentic one-on-one student connections within the classroom.
  • Design classroom expectations that emphasize student diversity.
  • Use wayfinding methods to create an optimal environment for engaged learning.
  • Develop strategies that encourage classroom collaboration and inclusion.
  • Analyze root causes for difficult behaviors through a communication lens and develop curriculum that supports positive behavior in the art room.
  • Investigate evidence-based practices to create positive behavioral strategies which foster desired classroom behaviors.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Reflecting on Inclusion
  1. Develop an understanding of implicit bias and its effect on your classroom.
  2. Explore causes of deficit thinking and how it affects relationship building.
Week 2
Building Relationships With Diverse Learners
  1. Explore new strategies for student-teacher and parent-teacher relationship building.
Week 3
Setting High Expectations in the Classroom
  1. Evaluate deficit thinking vs. strength-based perspectives of students with disabilities.
  2. Develop a lesson plan that helps students scaffold to their strengths and set goals.
Week 4
Creating an Inclusive Classroom
  1. Utilize wayfinding as a means of identifying areas of your classroom that could be more inclusive to students with physical disabilities.
  2. Discern between sensory sensitivity and overstimulation and learn how to address each in your classroom.
Week 5
Collaboration in an Inclusive Classroom
  1. Explore ways to cultivate collaboration with your students and special education specialists.
Week 6
Behavior as Communication
  1. Explore root causes of behavior and how behavior functions as communication.
  2. Develop positive behavior strategies that support diverse learners in their unique situations.
Week 7
Behavior Plans for the Art Classroom
  1. Explore different methods and approaches to behavior management and interventions.
  2. Create a comprehensive classroom management plan.
Week 8
  1. Reflect on your innovative thinking journey from the beginning to the end.

Building Relationships with Diverse Learners

A sample assignment from Week 2 of the class Classroom Management for Diverse Learners.

1. Reasearch

Humans, no matter what their age, desire to belong.

2. Discussion

What are some strategies you can implement to foster relationships with parents of students with disabilities?

3. Practical Application

Create or update a get-to-know-you activity or tool that is more inclusive of diverse learners.

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