In this article National Board Certified elementary school teacher and author Steve Reifman shares his 3 best reasons to take a course on, an increasingly popular site that provides high-quality content that busy professionals can access whenever and wherever they want. Steve was asked several months ago to develop professional development courses for educators on this site, and since he started learning about the Udemy approach, he has discovered several wonderful benefits that the Udemy platform offers. In this article he shares three of them. first of the 3 Best Reasons to Take a Course on

Time Flexibility. With traditional classroom learning students and teachers arrive at a predetermined time at a designated place and stay for a specified number of hours. At the elementary level where I teach, this model works well. For adult learners, however, who must balance work, family, and other demands, it is not always possible to fit a class into their busy schedules. Because the courses on Udemy are video-based, students can watch the videos whenever they have the time to do so.

The second of the 3 Best Reasons to Take a Course on  

Location Flexibility. With the video-based Udemy approach students no longer have to travel to a physical classroom. Instead, they can watch the videos from home on their computers, phones, or tablets. In addition, students can learn while “on-the-go” by watching entire videos or portions of them on their phones or tablets while standing in line at the bank or while enjoying a lunch break on a park bench. Learning becomes quite “portable” with this platform.

The third of the 3 Best Reasons to Take a Course on

Self-paced Learning. The length of a Udemy course ranges from roughly an hour to several hours, and the courses are divided into a series of shorter videos. While watching a video, students can pause, rewind, and re-watch at any time. It’s almost like watching a favorite television program using a DVR. This ability to pause, rewind, and re-watch offers even greater time flexibility and allows students to learn at their own pace. If a certain section of a video is confusing, watching it again is no problem.

Consider these 3 Best Reasons to Take a Course on the next time you are seeking new professional development offerings.


IMG_2227_3_2Steve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several books for educators and parents, including Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a TimeEight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8, and the soon-to-be-released Rock It! Steve is also the creator of the award-winning Chase Manning Mystery Series for kids 8-12. For Teaching Tips, articles, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit Follow Steve on Twitter (@stevereifman), subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, check out his two professional development courses for educators on, and visit his TeachersPayTeachers page. 


Special Offer

Steve would like to offer you his two new Udemy courses for educators at a significantly discounted rate. 

Beyond Compliance” features a progressive approach to classroom management that fosters responsibility, nurtures intrinsic motivation, and brings out the best in students. The course focuses on what Steve calls the “3 P’s” of classroom management:

1) Promoting the development of positive habits, attitudes, and dispositions

2) Preventing discipline problems from occurring in the first place

3) Providing meaningful opportunities for reflection, self-evaluation, and goal-setting.

In this course Steve also describe the problems associated with the use of extrinsic rewards and present 10 forces that nurture intrinsic motivation.

To access this $149 course for $49, visit:


The Home-School Connection” contains a wide variety of information that helps teachers keep parents informed and involved throughout the year and establish a long-term relationship of loyalty and trust. Specific topics include:

  • creating a favorable first impression with parents
  • making the most of major events such as Back to School Night, Open House, Parent Conferences, & Student-led Conferences
  • helping parents help their children at home.

To access this $30 course for $25, visit:


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