Atomic Habits: Develop Habits to Increase Learning, Efficiency and Joy in the Classroom and Beyond

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Learn How to Make Small Changes for Positive Results in Your Life, in Your Teaching and with Your Students

Why do we do the things we do? Why don't we change, even when we want to? The answer lies in our habits, the daily behaviors that make up our identity and our outcomes. Students in this course will examine the underlying foundation of habits; how and why they are formed, and why they are so important. Participants will learn how to identify and change habits in their own lives, with their students and in their classroom practice.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-12) and instructors at the community college level, who are wanting to understand habits and how making small changes can bring about big results in the classroom.

Course Materials: Text, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, available at or your local bookstore.

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X750R – 006 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Atomic Habits: Develop Habits to Increase Learning, Efficiency and Joy in the Classroom and Beyond

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled

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Online Self-Paced
Amanda Dolphin

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify and analyze the four stages of the habit cycle
  • Learn and apply the Four Laws of Behavior Change to your teaching practice
  • Create and implement a Habit Makeover to bring about positive behavior changes in the classroom and beyond


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