Child Growth and Development

childgrowth-development“A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” – Robert Heinlein

Children benefit from the nurturing of adults around them whether the adults are their own parents, extended family, or other adults with whom they have contact.  These strong attachments help children feel more secure and will help give them more self-confidence as they age.

The human brain is a complex organ capable of learning and adapting throughout our lives. Scientists have made amazing discoveries about the development of the human brain, and today we know that babies are born ready to learn.  In fact, these early years are the most active period of brain development in our lives and form the foundation of who we become.

Every sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell that a baby experiences has a direct effect on the way a baby’s brain develops.  Relationships in the future are greatly impacted by what happens during these formative years.  Therefore, every person involved in a child’s early life plays an important role in shaping the development of the child’s brain.

MyCourseRoom offers an important course for everyone who works with children.  Child Growth and Development provides an understanding of the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development in children from birth through adolescence.  This is a 5 clock hour course and is FREE to everyone who registers at

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori

We give thanks for our community of learners

“If you are really thankful, what do you do?
You share.”
– W. Clement Stone

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, MyCourseRoom would like to take this opportunity to thank our community of learners for your loyalty, kind words, and for sharing this opportunity with your colleagues, friends, and family.  We are grateful to those who have generously given your time and expertise to create exceptional content.  Our community is a very special blessing to us.  May love, joy and happiness be yours in abundance this Thanksgiving.

Best Regards,
MyCourseRoom Team

Understanding Organizational Behavior

“Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationship of the men and women in the organization.” — Harold S. Geneen

organizationalbehaviorMyCourseRoom offers an excellent comprehensive course, Understanding Organizational Behavior, to help organizational leaders to identify individual, group, and cultural differences and develop strategies to influence the collective culture to drive the success of the organization.

Effective organizational leaders must have the skills to manage power, conflict, and negotiation.  One of the most important responsibilities of a manager is to get employees to work efficiently and effectively (individually as well as collaboratively). This responsibility requires the manager to motivate independent contributors as well as to inspire them to work as part of a team with common goals.

In his book, Essentials of Organizational Behaviour (2005), Stephen P. Robbins explains that there are three important reasons to study human behavior in organizations; these are to explain, predict, and control human behavior.  Information on specific individual and group behavior, such as productivity, absenteeism, turnover, and job satisfaction, can provide valuable information.

Understanding Organizational Behavior is a free, 8-clock-hour course that carries CPE, CEU, and PDU credentials.  It is offered at and can be taken 24/7 from any computer with internet access.  Sign up today.

“There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.” — Philip Knight

Know Your Preferred Learning Style

learningstyleassessment_10-31-16Individuals are more likely to demonstrate lack of enthusiasm when an organization sets mandatory training requirements for their staff development. This common dislike towards learning and development is likely to surface when training is done for the sake of training rather than learning. Don’t you think that people really want to learn, but they dislike the way training is offered?

An approach that incorporates an individual’s preferred way of learning or learning style can be a game changer. Do your trainees prefer lectures, discussion, workshops, online media, mentoring, reading manuals, or hands on training? Every individual processes information differently. No one training method superior over another. It is matching the method to each individual’s learning style that determines his or her success in understanding and retaining the concepts.

By having your staff take the Understand Your Learning Style assessment, you can identify individual learning preferences and maximize the human potential of your organization. The assessment is taken from research conducted by Richard M. Felder and Barbara A. Soloman from North Carolina State University. According to their study, learning styles are separated into four categories with learning preferences falling somewhere between the two dimensions:

  1. Active/Reflective
  2. Sensing/Intuitive
  3. Visual/Verbal
  4. Sequential/Global

Go to, register, click on Catalog > Assessment and take the FREE Understand Your Learning Style assessment.  You can print your results along with a detailed description of each dimension.

Learning can be fun if you know HOW you learn best.

The gift of knowledge from MyCourseRoom

giftofknowledge“The adventure of life is to learn.  The purpose of life is to grow.  The nature of life is to change.  The challenge of life is to overcome.  The essence of life is to care.  The opportunity of life is to serve.  The secret of life is to dare.  The spice of life is to befriend.  The beauty of life is to give.” – William Arthur Ward

As we enter the final 2 months of 2016, MyCourseRoom would like to share an email that we got from one of our learners.  We have asked permission to share it here.  It speaks to the value of learning and the mission we have to reach as many learners as possible.


Dear MCR,

In order to satisfy CPE hours as a certified public school educator in Texas, I am required to complete 150 hours every 6 years to maintain an “active status” for my certification.  I found MyCourseRoom to be a fantastic resource!

I was not only able to work at my own pace and take the courses at no cost, the range of topics to choose from varied greatly and were pertinent to my certification.  Teen Leadership, Child Growth & Development, Diversity Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Organizational Skills, Time Management and Balancing Work & Family (to name a few) were all courses I completed that were not only endorsed by TEA, but I have also been able to apply skills and ideas that were introduced in these courses in my job setting and at home.

I found MCR courses to be well organized, thorough, creative, and user friendly with interactive discussion boards and assessments to ensure a better understanding of each course topic.

I would highly recommend MCR to educators and other professionals looking to satisfy course requirements for their particular profession.  I noticed that MCR offers many courses that are applicable to an array of industries.

I am so pleased that I found MCR online, and I will continue to use it as a resource for continuing education in the future!

MCR Learner

We are grateful for this learner and others who have written to us.  Please share your experiences with us and with others at

The Path to Security, Privacy, and Trust in Technology

“Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology.” – John Tudor


The speed with which technology is advancing can be mind-boggling and staying completely up-to-date on technology next to impossible. As electronic transactions and online research become increasingly popular, important questions emerge as to how to protect consumers and organizations from electronic fraud, identity theft, and invasions of privacy.

These days, guarding information involves dealing with everything from human error, accidents, and malicious intent to natural disasters and computer hackers.  In order to maintain trust, organizations must demonstrate a commitment to a high level of security and privacy of personal and organizational information.

Consider taking physical, technological, and administrative steps to ensure the security of information.  Go to and enroll in our free, credentialed Security, Privacy and Trust course and learn strategies to establish parameters for secure, private, and trusted computer interactions and communicate these to your employees and customers.


Stress management is a choice


Do you tend to see problems as larger than they actually are? It is particularly easy to lose perspective when you are stressed. This loss of perspective makes the proverbial molehill appear to be a mountain — problems that are really quite surmountable seem unduly difficult or even impossible.

It is very important to learn how to identify the things in your life that trigger stress and to adopt strategies to manage that stress. In order to reduce stress generated both internally and externally, you must be willing to adjust your lifestyle, thinking, and situations. You truly are the only one in charge of your own happiness.

We recommend you join our great community of learners at MyCourseRoom.  You will benefit by learning how to make small doable changes in your lifestyle involving your diet, physical activity, and sleep habits. Also, discover how simple it is to enjoy life by adopting strategies that alleviate stress.

The same level of work can be done in a day with CALMNESS and HAPPINESS or with HURRY and STRESS – it is a choice that leads to good health or ill health. — Excerpt from Stress Management