This course will teach learners effective strategies for both preventing and responding to disruptive behavior from K-12 students. The participants will plan proactive teacher behaviors and methods which create positive momentum in class. Additionally, educators learn appropriate ways to address disruptive behaviors after they occur in an intentional and professional manner which de-escalates the behavior pattern. Successful application of the learning in the course will increase student time on task, foster a positive classroom environment, and increase teacher and student morale.
Module 1 focuses on strategies that aim to prevent disruptive behavior from occurring at all. These strategies include establishing clear rules and procedures, and using positive reinforcement to emphasize behavioral expectations.
Module 2 focuses on strategies for responding to disruptive behavior if and when it does occur. These strategies include a five-step verbal technique designed to stop disruptive behavior in its tracks, as well as a range of other strategies for handling low-level disruptions. The course will also cover how to select and deliver effective consequences that encourage students to reflect on the disruptive behavior, and make better choices about their behavior in the future. The final project of this course asks learners to create an action plan mapping out how to handle a common scenario of disruptive student behavior that they are currently experiencing or have frequently experienced in the past.