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Stopping Disruptive Behavior
Workshop #: CECO-41


Course Description

This course will teach learners effective strategies for both preventing and responding to disruptive behavior from K-12 students. 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 (and anticipate experiencing again).

Course Objectives: By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Explain why clear classroom rules and procedures can help prevent disruptive behavior, and how to develop and reinforce each in order to maximize their effectiveness.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks of positive discipline and punitive discipline, and justify which is most effective in managing disruptive behavior.
  • Describe effective strategies for responding to disruptive behavior, including how to select appropriate consequences that encourage students to make better choices about their behavior in the future.
  • Determine the goal of disruptive behavior, and give examples of how to differentiate your approach given the goal of the behavior along with any additional circumstances, such as the student having a disability, experiencing trauma, being an English language learner, etc.


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Graduate credit is available after course completion for an additional fee from various universities.

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