How to Survive and Thrive in the Classroom is a 3 credit hour course that builds on the 7 principles employed by master teachers presented by Robyn R. Jackson in her book Never Work Harder than Your Students 2nd ed. The course begins by teaching participants how to assess students’ cultural and intellectual currency to determine where they are, what they value and where they are going academically. Next, participants will investigate how to use supports and feedback to get students where they need to be.  The culminating principle, never work harder than your students, will be discovered as teachers move through the guiding tenets for making students successful.

The course is organized into 6 modules and lessons will be taught and goals will be met using a combination of text readings, external resources, activities, assignments, reflections and discussion forums. It is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course regularly and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants' busy schedules.