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Defusing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom

Foreword by Robert H. Horner



June 2010 | 168 pages | Corwin

"The goal of Colvin's work is teacher fluency in their first response to behavior. Every career teacher needs to be equipped with the concepts in this book."
—Krista D. Parent, Superintendent
South Lane School District, Cottage Grove, OR

"Geoff Colvin provides teachers a set of very useful, clear, and sensible tools to manage the behavior of a very important, often-overlooked contributor to their classroom environment: themselves."
—Mike McCornack, Technology Coordinator/Choral Director
Willamette High School, Eugene, OR

"Colvin empowers teachers with specific, practical, research-based strategies to prevent problem behaviors from occurring and to respond effectively when problems do occur. Each strategy is grounded not only in applied behavior analytic techniques, but also respectful approaches to fostering more positive student-teacher interactions."
—Kathleen Lane, Associate Professor of Special Education
Vanderbilt Peabody College

"This is exactly what every teacher needs when dealing with problem behavior! I tried Colvin's strategies in my classroom and the students who had problems have done a total turnaround!"
—Jennifer Stargel, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Allen Elementary School, Marion, IN

The ultimate guide to handling problem behavior "in the heat of the moment"!

When disruptive behavior occurs, your first response can determine the outcome of the situation and how quickly it is resolved. This practical resource offers teachers approaches for immediately defusing disruptive situations, avoiding escalation, and correcting behaviors.

An expert in behavior management, Geoff Colvin introduces seven key behavioral principles and offers specific, research-based strategies for handling disruptions. This resource features:

  • Strategies that target specific behaviors, including off-task behavior, rule violations, disrespect, agitation, noncompliance, and threats and intimidation
  • Common classroom scenarios and solutions for K–12 general and special education teachers
  • Checklists and action plans for applying the strategies while maintaining the flow of instruction

Defusing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom helps teachers respond in a way that immediately corrects the misbehavior and smoothly returns the class to learning.

 
Foreword by Robert H. Horner
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Seven Key Behavioral Principles
 
2. Defusing Off-Task Behavior
 
3. Defusing Rule Infractions
 
4. Defusing Disrespectful Behavior
 
5. Defusing Agitation
 
6. Defusing Noncompliance and Limit Testing
 
Closing Remarks
 
Appendices
 
References
 
Index

"Geoff Colvin provides teachers a set of very useful, clear, and sensible tools to manage the behavior of a very important, often-overlooked contributor to their classroom environment: themselves. His strategies are a welcome booster shot for veteran teachers and a great foundation for new teachers just learning the intricacies of balancing instruction and environment in their classrooms. Colvin's research-based ideas are already finding their way into my daily routine."

Mike McCornack, Technology Coordinator/Choral Director
Willamette High School, Eugene, OR

"The goal of Colvin's work is teacher fluency in their first response to behavior, and I have already witnessed this in action as I observe our early career teachers. It is difficult, if not impossible, to provide quality instruction without effective classroom management. Every early career teacher needs to be well equipped with the concepts Colvin provides in this book."

Krista D. Parent, Superintendent
South Lane School District, Cottage Grove, OR

"Colvin establishes the importance of empowering teachers with a range of specific, practical, research-based strategies to prevent problem behaviors from occurring and to respond effectively when problems do occur. Each strategy is grounded not only in applied behavior analytic techniques, but also respectful approaches to fostering more positive student-teacher interactions. Each chapter provides step-by-step instruction and clearly articulated illustrations. The strategies increase in intensity to support increasingly challenging behaviors. Colvin does an excellent job of teaching the reader the importance of the first response when undesirable behaviors occur."

Kathleen Lane, Associate Professor of Special Education
Vanderbilt Peabody College

"This is exactly what every teacher needs when dealing with problem behavior! I tried Colvin's strategies in my classroom and they worked! The students who had problems have done a total turnaround with the tactics that Colvin said would work! I was shocked to see how easy they were to use and implement. It has totally changed my classroom!"

Jennifer Stargel, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Allen Elementary School, Marion, IN
Key features

Seven key behavioral principles (underlying the book's strategies) are explained in chapter 1. These include:
    Goals of correction procedures
    Role of teacher attention in correction procedures
    Nature of behavioral intensity, escalation and defusion
    Nature of behavioral chains
    Role of behavioral extinction, and extinction bursts
    Role of personal reactions
    Establishing fluent responses

Six chapters identify six common behavior problems 
    Off-Task Behavior
    Rule Violations
    Disrespectful Behavior
    Agitation
    Noncompliance and Limit Testing
    Threats and Intimidation

In each chapter, illustrations are presented, strategies are described for defusing the behaviors, and scenarios are presented showing the range of application for the defusion strategies. Checklists and action plans are also provided.

This book is designed to utilize sound behavioral principles so that common classroom problem behaviors result in interaction pathways leading to acceptable behavior.

Reproducible forms and checklists appear in the Appendix.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Seven Key Behavioral Principles


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