Eliminating Student Excuses

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Wayne Dyer. 2009. New York City: Hay House Pub. 254 pages

Course Description

This course will examine the negative and self-defeating thinking patterns that prevent students from reaching their highest levels of academic success, happiness and mental health. The power of limiting beliefs that restricts people from learning new skills and acquiring knowledge is explained with the 18 most common excuses used. Strategies to overcome excuses from the creative conscious mind and habitual sub-conscious mind are presented. Educators will develop assignment activities that apply the course content into classroom instruction in order to eliminate learning excuses and for empowering students to excel in their academic endeavors and school activities.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will develop an understanding of how the mind is programmed to believe and behave in certain negative or positive patterns that are socially conditioned.

2. Participants will analyze the social and psychological beliefs of the 18 most commonly utilized excuses for not exploring or experiencing new ideas, goals or endeavors.

3. Educators will learn about the seven excuses be-gone principals for reprogramming thoughts in order to change limiting, preconditioned beliefs and self-defeating behaviors.

4. Participants will examine the paradigm shifts needed for a new way of thinking and shedding subconscious habits and acquire strategies to develop a new way of being.

5. Educators will write an application essay and develop a lesson or project activity that applies the course content to classroom instruction and school learning environments.

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. You Can Change Old Habits
2. Your Two Minds
3. The 18 Excuses Catalog
4. The 1st Principal: Awareness
5. 2nd Principal: Alignment
6. 3rd Principal: Now
7. 4th Principal: Contemplation
8. 5th Principal: Willingness
9. 6th Principal: Passion
10. 7 Principal: Compassion
11. Changing Old Habits
12. Question: Is It True?
13. Where Excuse Come From?
14. What's the Payoff?
15. What Would my Life Look Like if I Couldn't Use Excuses?
16. Can I Create a Rational Reason to Change?
17. Can I Access Universal Cooperation in Shedding Old Habits?
18. How Do I Continuously Reinforce This New Way of Being?

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book, Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Wayne Dyer, to your specific classroom context. Compose your writings on areas of interest that are relevant to your teaching discipline or professional experience. This will enhance your capacity to apply the new concepts learned in this course. View and write a reflection of the DVD's Excuses Begone! PBS TV program. Focus the writings and activities on the concepts and strategies from the book and related assignments on how to apply them to school environments, teaching methodology and instructional practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews
3. DVD Movie review
4. Final application essay
5. Project or activity (APA or MA writing style format.)

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Eliminating Student Excuses

$395

3 Credits

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Email * (please provide personal email - school district emails often fail or get blocked)
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