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Course Syllabus Title :Building Students Self Esteem and Communication Skills Credits: 3 Instructor:Mary Martha Whitworth

Meeting dates and times July 15 Aug 9, 2013 Breakdown: July 15 July 19 Pre-course reading July 22 July 26 July 29 Aug 9 Face to face section- 8 AM 5 PM Work on final paper and action plan

Location: UVM

Course Description: This interactive course will stress the critical importance of self esteem in the learning process, look at the many ways self esteem is unintentionally destroyed through everyday interactions, and present over 20 activities for enhancing self esteem at all educational levels. In addition, participants will learn classroom techniques for improving students communication skills. Goals: - To emphasize to participants the critical importance of self esteem in the learning process and its effect on achievement, behavior, and test scores. -To make participants aware of ways self esteem can be unintentionally destroyed. - To model numerous activities to use with students to increase self esteem - To demonstrate various activities designed to increase students communication skills. - To model and discuss how to create a caring classroom community where students self esteem can thrive.

Learning Outcomes: - Participants will be able to show the importance of self esteem and its relationship to learning, behavior, and success. -Participants will be able to demonstrate numerous activities to use with their students to improve their self esteem. - Participants will understand the ways self esteem can be unintentionally destroyed and how to avoid them. -Participants will be able to create a caring classroom community of learners which allows self esteem to grow. -Participants will be able to demonstrate several activities designed to improve students communication skills. -Participants will know how to use active-listening and I-messages with students and how to teach students to use them. Participants will be able to demonstrate the Focus Game and describe ways to use it with their students to improve communication skills. -Participants will use the techniques and activities presented with their students and adapt them to their students levels and interests.


General Course Information

Course Policies/Expectations: Participants are expected to participate in class discussions and activities, complete assigned readings and other assignments in a timely manner, and develop a plan to implement some of the course theories and activities in their classrooms. Attendance Expectations: Because most of the learning in this course takes place in class through lectures, discussions, activities, and processing, 100% attendance is required. In case of emergency, participant should consult with instructor about making up work missed. The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Contributions in Class: All participants are expected to contribute to class discussions and to participate in all class activities. Academic Honesty & Professionalism: All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy Procedures delineated in the most recent edition of The Cats Tale. ( Accommodations: Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at to learn more about the services they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email:, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment. Required and/or recommended readings: Required texts: Canfield, Jack and Wells, Harold, 1992. 100 Ways to Enhance Self Concept in the Classroom. Prentice Hall Faber, Adele and Mazlish, Elaine, 1999. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. HarperCollins Publishing OR Faber, Adele and Mazlish, Elaine, 2005. How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk. HarperCollins Publishing Required readings: Handouts from: Borba, Michele, 2003. Esteem Builders. Jalmar Press Purkey, William Watson and Novak, John M, 1996. Inviting School Success Wadsworth Publishing

-3Recommended readings: Borba, Michele, 2003. Esteem Builders: A K-8 Self Esteem Curriculum for Improving Student Achievement, Behavior and School Climate Second Edition. Jalmar Press. Blanco, Jodee, 2003. Please Stop Laughing at Me. Adams Media. Cohen, Jonathan, 1999. Educating Minds and Hearts: Social Emotional Learning and the Passage into Adolescence. Teachers College Press Lalli, Judy and Whitworth, Mary Martha, 2002. Leaders Guide to I Like Being Me . Free Spirit Press Lawrence, Denis, 2006. Enhancing Self Esteem in the Classroom. Paul Chapman Educational Publishing

Electronic Submissions/Internet Use: - N/A

Student Evaluation/Assessment
Grading: Final Paper Class Participation and Attendance 20% 40%

Class participation includes contributions to class discussions, presentation of an activity, and participation in the numerous group activities in class. The instructor will observe and evaluate this participation. Readings and Assignments Description of Class Assignments: Class readings Participants will be assigned readings to be discussed in class. For each reading, they will complete a written assignment to be handed in. Sharing of ideas Each participant will share with the class an activity they use to build self esteem in their students Final paper The final paper will be a 12 to 15 page action plan. Based on class material, research, and class experiences, participants will develop a detailed plan for the next school year to implement in their classes some of the theories and activities learned. The first 3 to 5 pages of the paper will be a rationale for this plan, based on research and readings. The paper will be due two weeks after the end of class. Scoring Rubrics: N/A Percentage Contribution of Each Assignment See Grading. 40%

Supplemental Readings Canfield, Jack and Switzer, 2006.The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Collins Canfield, Jack, and Healy, Kent, 2008. The Success Principles for Teens: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want To Be. HCI Publishers

-4Gordon, Thomas, 2003. Teacher Effectiveness Training: The Program Proven to Help Teachers Bring Out the Best in Students of All Ages, Three Rivers Press Jones, Alanna, 1998. 104 Activities That Build Self Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery, Coping Skills. Rec Room Publishing Kreidler, William, 1996. Creative Conflict Resolution. Good Year Books Loomans, Diane, Canfield, Jack, and Loomans, Julia, 2003. 100 Ways to Build Self Esteem and Teach Values. HJ Kramer Plummer, Deborah, 2006. Self Esteem Games for Children.Jessica Kingsley Publishing Purkey, William Watson and Novak, John M, 1996. Inviting School Success. Wadsworth Publishing Purkey, William Watson, 1970. Self Concept and School Achievement. Prentice-Hall Rosenberg, Marshall B, 2003. Life-Enriching Education: Nonviolent Communication Helps Schools Improve Performance, Reduce Conflict, and Enhance Relationships. Puddledancer Press Siccone, Frank and Canfield, Jack, 1993.101 Ways to Develop Student Self-Esteem and Responsibility. Allyn and Bacon. Wiseman, Rosalind, 2003. Queenbees and Wannabes. Three Rivers Press.

Instructional Sequence: - List the course topics for each scheduled class meeting date including
readings and assignment due dates. Session 1 (Monday) 1. Introduction to course/logistics/requirements/expectations 2. Warm-up and get-acquainted activities 3. Research on importance of self esteem 4. How self esteem is formed. 5. Relationship of self esteem to learning 6. Creating a trusting, caring atmosphere for self esteem development 7. Basic activities for improving self esteem. 8. Small group activities for self esteem. 9. Dangers of teasing Assignment (due next class): . Read Introduction and Chapter One of Canfield. Write three I Learned Statements and choose two activities which you think would be effective with your students. Read handouts from Michele Borbas Esteem Builders. Read Chapter One of Faber and write three I Learned Statements and two I Will Statements from the chapter. Session 2 (Tuesday) 1. IALAC Story 2. Practice writing IALAC story for different grade levels 3. Wear IALAC signs for several different activities 4. Discussion of results of IALAC activity 5. Develop plan for presenting IALAC story in participants classroom 6. Jack Canfields E + R = O Theory 7. Individual self esteem activities 8. Using childrens books to build self esteem and help communication skills. 9. Participant shares 9. Twenty One Day Theory and its use for discipline issues 10. Helping students build each others self esteem 11. Discussion of reading assignment Assignments (due next class): Read Chapters Two and Three of Canfield and write three new ideas you plan on implementing. Read handouts from Purkey. Based on your reading, write a one page paper discussing the importance of self esteem on academic performance. Read Chapter Two of Faber and write three I Learned Statements and two I Will Statements from the

-5chapter. Session 3 (Wednesday) 1. Communicating and disciplining without destroying self-concept 2. Looking at your own communication skills 3. Non-listening and how to avoid it 4. Active listening 5. Role playing active listening 6. Small group self esteem activities 7. Participant shares 8. Discussion of reading Assignment (due next class): Read Chapter Four from Canfield. Write a one page paper on how this chapter relates to the self esteem of young girls today. Read Chapter Three of Faber and write three I Learned Statements and two I Will Statements. Try active listening and report on the results. Session 4 (Thursday) 1. Communication building activities 2. Discussion of reading. 3. .Borbas Building Blocks of Self Esteem 4. The power of "I messages" directing behavior without destroying self esteem 5. Teach I messages 6, Practice writing I messages in small groups. 7. Participant shares 8. Integrating self esteem into curriculum- finding time 9. Grade-alike groups to discuss implementation of activities Assignment (due next class): . Read Chapter Five from Canfield. Write a one page paper on how this chapter can help students with goal setting. Read Chapter Four from Faber and write three I Learned Statements and two I Will Statements based on the chapter. Develop an outline of activities you plan to use with your classes next year.

Session 5 (Friday) 1. Community building 2. Teach Focus Game 3. Practice Focus Game - evaluating communication skills through it 4. Adapting Focus Game to your classroom 5. Small group self esteem activities 6. Participant sharing 7. How we have built a caring community 8. Labeling 9. Helping students handle put-downs, teasing, and negative feedback. 10. Discussion of reading assignment 11. Grade-alike groups to discuss implementation of activities 12. Culminating activity 13. Evaluations

Students will have two weeks after the conclusion of the face to face sessions to complete their action plan and 12 15 page final paper.