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Understanding Your Moods

June 22, 2020 written by PDC

As the educator and role model to large groups, teachers are significant influences on impressionable young children. Maintaining a positive and kind demeanor comes down to being aware and conscious of one’s moods and the moods of students in the classroom.

Understanding Your Moods

Teachers are central adult figures in the lives of almost every student that comes through their classroom. As the educator and role model to large groups, teachers are significant influences on impressionable young children. The example set by the teacher, whether face-to-face or through virtual classroom instruction, can establish and solidify behavioral habits in students that can last a lifetime. Perhaps the only example set that is more important than what is said or what is done by the teacher is their demeanor. Students are almost universally more likely to respect and listen to a teacher with a warm and caring attitude than one who is dismissive and curt.

 

Why Is It Important to Understand Moods?

Maintaining a positive and kind demeanor comes down to being aware and conscious of one’s moods and the moods of students in the classroom. For students to learn effectively and enjoyably, the teacher must set the tone. No matter what types of feelings are brought into the school by students, it is the role and responsibility of the teacher to establish and maintain an atmosphere within the classroom that is conducive for learning. Preparing lessons and maintaining order is vitally important in ensuring a positive classroom experience. Still, above all, the tone set by the teacher is the tone felt by everyone in the room.

 

Benefits of Enrolling in the Course Understanding Your Moods

The process of understanding the moods of ourselves and others is easier said than done. Human emotions can be confusing and elusive, and even as we grow older, understanding why we feel the way we do is still a complicated process. With Understanding Your Moods, offered by Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, you will develop a framework for understanding, processing, and gaining insight into moods and emotions of yourself and others.

Enrollees will learn about causes of moods like depression and anxiety, as well as processes and management strategies when such moods manifest in the classroom. Also discussed are optimal mood states and mood management, and the course will also examine the relationship between moods and action, energy, tension, and fatigue. The course will examine the ideas behind drug treatment and alternatives, the biological influences of moods, how exercise plays a critical role in mood management, and the mood states of others, including students.

The course aims to provide enrolled students with an understanding of what contributes to the formation of moods and the tools to effectively self-regulate their moods. Learning to recognize mood states in yourself is another major tenet of the course, as is developing strategies for assessing causes of moods. In Understanding Your Moods, teachers will read relevant textual material to further their understanding with practical applications.

In completing this course, each enrollee will develop a more thorough understanding of the causes and effects of various emotions and moods. Teachers will be able to take the knowledge they have acquired in Understanding Your Moods and create tangible differences in how student moods can impact the educational experience of individuals and groups.

Successful completion of this course will not only greatly benefit your students, but it can have a positive impact on your career. All of the courses offered at Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne help working education professionals leverage their new skills towards salary advancement, license renewal, or recertification. Each district and state has its own policies regarding course approval. Before enrolling in a course, check with your school district or department of education.

 

Objectives for Understanding Your Moods

Understanding Your Moods, offered through Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, was created specifically for K-12 teachers and was designed to complement a busy schedule. All classes available via Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne are open for anyone to register at any time during a semester. Students can elect to complete their coursework in either an online or PDF via email format. Additionally, students earn graduate, non-degree semester credit, reflected on an official transcript from the university. Dynamic topics covered in Understanding Your Moods include:

  • The origins of moods
  • Factors that contribute to moods, both good and bad
  • Strategies for managing moods
  • Relationships between moods, energy, and tension
  • Techniques for recognizing mood states and antecedents in students
  • Causes of moods in others

 

How to Register

Registration for Understanding Your Moods is incredibly simple and can be done online or over the phone. Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne are offered ongoing during three semesters, and you can start at any time. Students may choose to enroll in up to a maximum of 15-semester credits at any time during each semester.

Fall: September 1 - January 31

Spring: February 1 - May 31

Summer: June 1 - August 31

No matter which semester best fits your lifestyle, we are confident that your experience in Understanding Your Moods will be a tremendous resource, a professional advantage, and a measurable way of managing any mood you may encounter in yourself or your students. Register now to begin the process and gain the knowledge needed to make your classroom a better place for all students!