Stopping Disruptive Behavior

Stop disruptive behavior with three carefully worded questions! Teachers and administrators will enjoy this effective strategy for dealing with problem behavior from K-12 students. Learn to lead the students through a process that promotes a solution they create and will accept. Create effective classroom management plans and discover how the Safety, Order and Rights value set will help clarify and define wanted and unwanted behaviors. Watch demonstrations and practice the strategies you can use in your classroom today!

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Stopping Disruptive Behavior


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I find the 5-step verbal technique to be the most valuable thing in this course. It provides me with a rigid protocol which can effectively address most students’ negative behaviors. It also put the spotlight on the student, and have them think and react to their negative behavior. I definitely believe in the Safety, Order and Rigths value set. It will surely be helpful in my classroom. The 3 properties cover all bases as far as negative student beahviors are concerned. I 100% agree that schools should be places where (1) students physical and emotional safety is protected; (2) the learning environment is protected from distractions and disruptions (order is maintained); and (3) the rights of everyone are protected, students and teachers alike. With this value set, I can explain clearly to the students what the classroom expectations are.

I found this class to be very helpful with my new set of students. I came into a classroom 3 weeks after the school year had started so I had to establish my classroom rules and procedures immediately. It has been a little rough since I first started this class since students were used to having substitute teachers. I had a couple of discipline problems with a couple of students who were used to running the classroom without rules or consequences. I like using the 5 step system because it creates less tension with the students. When you are telling a student they have a choice they will listen and think about what you are saying. I liked that this course has made me stay calm and not have me lose my temper or yell at the students. Ever since I joined this class I like telling students they have a choice and I ask them what their plan is. I think that makes them think twice about what they are doing and what consequences or rewards can come from that. (CA)

All of the ideas, strategies and methods presented in the course I find to be valuable to all educators, particular those working with students with disruptive behavior in/out of the classroom learning environments. However, the 5-verbal steps and plan for stopping disruptive behavior and the Classroom Lesson Plan for describing the Safety, Order and Rights value set and which behaviors, are at the top of my list of “take away” from this course. I do believe that the Safety, Order and Rights value set will be helpful in my classroom, as well as a technique to share with my colleagues who work with disruptive students in their classrooms. In particular having a guided lesson plan, will help to keep the instruction of the strategies on the right path, and serves as validation, that I am utilizing best-practices in diminishing and/or eliminating unwanted disruptive behavior. Last, the consents and strategies outlined in the Safety, order and Rights value set, will aid me in guiding instruction, and discussions in listing and describing a set of classroom rules, along with advocating appreciation and coordination between the students and staff members. (CA)

This is my first online course and I have gained a lot of valuable information. I plan to teach the “Classroom Rules” lesson during the first week of school and make a poster of the Safety, Order and Rights (SOR) value set, so it can be revisited when need be. I like that the 5-step verbal technique empowers students. It teaches them that they have choices about how they are going to behave, and that there are always consequences, good and bad, for their choices. With this technique, students are taught to self-monitor their behavior and are held accountable for their choices.

I think the 5 step techniques are what I have been looking for! I am a very skilled and proficient teacher, but my issues lie with the 2-3 students I get each year who do not respond well to my behavior system. This is the missing link for me, and I will incorporate it into my interactions with all students. As I reflect on the situations that have not gone in a positive way in dealing with these red-flag behaviors, I see that I get caught up in the rude comments and reactions of the students when I approach them. I get defensive and try to justify my position, and go down the “rabbit hole” of I’m right and you’re wrong, and I’m going to prove it. Too many emotions get involved at that point and it goes down hill. The 5 step technique allows me to stay calm and non emotional, but allows me to get the student to think about their actions and work through the consequences and problem solving part to make a good choice. It’s their choice! I feel there is no power struggle when this technique is used. In the end, I indeed remain in control of the situation.

I do think that simple and consistent rules and consequences would help me more in the classroom and out on the field. Students must learn to reflect on their actions and be able to make their own choice in regards to consequences or they will not be prepared for college or the job market. Helping kids to take ownership of their actions and face consequences is important in helping them to move on to their more positive options. Proving the kid right or wrong will not help them become a successful person in life and as a teacher that needs to remain our focus.

I really appreciate how simply and short the 5-step technique is. It does not invite an opportunity for arguing for continued discussion. One of the things that really became clear to me again and again is the need for the students to really understand what the consequences for an action are. It is not fair to them to give them a consequence for something if they didn’t fully understand what the result for the action was going be. Going over the expectations frequently is important for them to know about the choices that they are making. As I mentioned earlier, at our school, we give out “shark bites” to students who follow the three basic rules of our school (Be safe, be respectful, be responsible.) I think that is important that the word “consequence” does not always imply a negative reaction. Similarly to all things in life, every action has a reaction. The sooner that kids can figure out what the reactions are their the actions that they demonstrated, the sooner they will understand how to place a value on their actions. I really like the Safety, Order and Rights value set. I think that it will be helpful in my classroom. I am a strong believer in creating a safe learning environment for everyone. Most students come to school and are ready to learn and be engaged . They want to be learners and they allow others to learn. They are ready to follow the guidelines so that all have an opportunity to learn. There are those however, that either do not want to learn, or don’t want to allow others to (sometimes both). I think it is important as a teacher, the person who is responsible for upholding the safety, order, and rights of the “society” of school and the classroom to recognize when this starts to happen and make it very clear to those students of what the consequences are for those actions. I had a student last year who made it very difficult for the rest of the class to learn. I tolerated his behavior respecting his need to be a learner. With this new insight, I know that I should have created an alternative learning environment for that student. He may have needed to have some independent-study time or been allowed to work in anther room for some of the day. Not only did this student not create a positive learning environment for the rest of the class, but he also did not create one for himself. (CA)


The most valuable idea for me is definitely the five-step verbal skill for stopping disruptive behavior. This is a technique that I can use in my classroom as well as at home with my own children. I like how it puts the responsibility on the child. If they choose to continue the behavior, they will know the consequence that will follow. I believe the Safety, Order and Rights value set will be helpful in my classroom. It is my job as a teacher to provide the children with a learning environment that is safe and provide every opportunity possible for them to have a successful year at preschool and be prepared to start kindergarten, both socially and academically. In order for this to happen, rules must be followed to ensure the safety of everyone, order in the classroom must be maintained for optimum learning and the rights of every student must be respected. The Safety, Order and Rights Value Set sums up what is needed to provide the positive school experience every child is entitled to. I will definitely be sharing this value set with my colleagues as it will be beneficial for them to use as well. (FL)

The ideas presented in the course that I find to be the most valuable is the five-step verbal technique. I believe the Safety, Order and Rights value set will be very helpful in my classroom. I plan to take all of the courses in the set to use the values in my classroom to provide safety, maintain order, and ensure the rights of students and staff in my classroom. I plan to recommend this to the principal as professional development for the staff so that the entire campus could benefit. (FL)

Since taking this course, I find myself not only using the five-step verbal technique at school, but also at home with my own children. Instead of lecturing or yelling, I can ask powerful, meaningful questions to make the student/child really think about their actions and come up with a plan to correct them. The best part is that I don’t have to raise my voice as often in school or home. Using the Safety, Order Rights value set will be helpful in my classroom because I will be spending less time disciplining and more time instructing. Let’s be honest, we don’t have time to waste during the day, so using a technique that will keep everyone safe, maintain order, and protect everyone’s rights makes our job just a little bit easier. (FL)

Most of the ideas presented in this course are already being used. The safety, order and rights value set are also being used, though I have never thought much about it. I have always considered the safety of my students to be a high priority. Learning is much more difficult when the room does not have order. Class rules and routines along with being consistent with enforcing policies. I always try to respect the rights of students. A student who feels disrespected will not perform well in your class. (FL)

I still remember that I was very frustrated with myself when I talked to the parents about my concerns or ideas in conferences. The reasons were that I often couldn’t find the right words out of my mouth to express myself, and I couldn’t defense myself by using clear and concrete statements. Believe it or not, I had also complained to my mentor about there wasn’t any classes had taught me how to use effective communication in college. I had wished there would be a class where would teach me how to plan what I need to say infront of a parent (s) in a conference. Here it comes, my wish finally came true. I have learned using 7 step interview to plan what to say in a conference, using 7 C’s to plan how to say it in an effective way, and using 7 step plan to plan ahead for the parent conference. It is embarrassing to tell you that I used empathy to overcome resistance in my first year of teaching, for example, I used this phrase “I understand…” whenever I needed to face an intense situation in a conference. Now, I realize I had used that technique in a way that would get myself in a further trouble. Therefore, I really appreciate the information that this course presents, especially the four useful and effective techniques to overcome resistance in a parent conference. I find those samples in the videos helpful too. As an educator, student’s learning is the priority. A safe, orderly, and free learning environment is a must for students to succeed. Therefore, I truly believe in the Safety, Order and Right value set. This value set will become the lighthouse of the class. It will lead me and the students work toward the same goal-a successful learning and build a bright future. (FL)

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