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Behavior Is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

EDUC 600




Instructor: Mick Jackson

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Partner Course Fee: $125

Partner Class Offered Through Virtual Education Software, inc.

Course Description:

This course is designed to give you a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate positive student change. Behavior is Language provides a developmental framework for understanding what students are trying to tell you through the "language" of their behavior. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course provides a developmental framework to help you understand what students are trying to tell you through the "language" of their behavior. You will learn behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, reduce your workload, and help prevent burnout. After successfully completing this course, you (and your students) will be better equipped to find and implement creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems.

After you have completed your studies in the chapters on behavioral theory and interventions, you will be presented with various classroom scenarios in which you will be able to practice and hone your skills for interpreting behavior, determining appropriate interventions and effectively debriefing your students.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.


1.  To enhance your skills in working with problem students.

2.  To improve your ability to identify and understand underlying emotional issues.

3.  To heighten your understanding of the problems underlying many difficult behaviors.

4.  To increase the number of intervention strategies available to remediate disruptive behaviors.

5.  To help you develop classroom management skills while reducing classroom stress.

6.  To provide you with tools that can help reduce power struggles in the classroom.

7.  To help you significantly reduce feelings of ineffectiveness and burnout resulting from difficult and disruptive student behaviors.   


Title: Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior 

Author: Mick Jackson MS/ED, Mark Trullinger MS/ED, Francine Salkin RCSW

Effective September 1, 2014, cost for this course will be $285

Special Instructions:

This course is tablet compatible using iPad, Kindle Fire, Nexus or Surface.

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