Defusing disruptive behavior in the classroom

| January 12, 2011

Title: Defusing disruptive behavior in the classroom
Colvin, Geoffrey
Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, c2010.
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LB3013 .C558 2010
From the publisher:

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.

About the author: Geoff Colvin draws on his experience as a classroom teacher and administrator, researcher at the University of Oregon, and national public school consultant. Recognized as a national expert on the subjects of school safety and violence prevention, Colvin has provided inservice training for teachers and administrators in more than 100 school districts and agencies nationally and internationally. He recently served as research associate at the University of Oregon and independent consultant in the areas of schoolwide discipline, school climate, school safety, and violence prevention, and has also directed a juvenile detention school and a program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Colvin has authored more than sixty publications, books, book chapters, journal articles, and video programs on the subject of teaching and managing students with problem behavior.

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“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