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Defusing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom

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Geoff Colvin Australian author

  • Defusing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom

168 pages
ISBN: 9781412980562

A teacher's initial response to the different kinds of behaviours that occur in the classroom often determines what the student or students might do next. In this sense, initial and subsequent interactions are critical moments that can change the direction of student behaviuor. This book presents strategies for responding to common problem behaviours to both defuse the situation and correct the problem.

This book is primarily designed for teachers - who are on the frontline for addressing problem behaviour in schools - as well as specialists and behaviour support teams who have the responsibility of assisting teachers with managing challenging and persistent behavioural issues. School administrators who are charged with following-up directly with student office referrals and other serious behaviour issues will also find this resource invaluable. Readers will learn about seven key behaviour principles and strategies for defusing:

  • Off-task behaviour
  • Rule infractions
  • Disrespectful behaviour
  • Agitation and acting out
  • Noncompliance and testing the limits of authority

The seven key behavioural 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 behavioural intensity, escalation and defusion
  • Nature of behavioural chains
  • Role of behavioural extinction, and extinction bursts
  • Role of personal reactions
  • Establishing fluent responses

Six chapters identify six common behaviour problems:

  • Off-Task behaviour
  • Rule Violations
  • Disrespectful behaviour
  • Agitation
  • Noncompliance and Limit Testing
  • Threats and Intimidation

In each chapter, illustrations are presented, strategies are described for defusing the behaviours, 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 behavioural principles so that common classroom problem behaviours result in interaction pathways leading to acceptable behaviour.

Reproducible forms and checklists appear in the Appendix.