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Behavior Is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

EDUC 600




Instructor: Mick Jackson

Grading: Graded

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

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

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

About The Instructor

Mick Jackson
Mick Jackson MS/ED is an Intervention Specialist with a Master's Degree in Special Education, Behavioral Theory. Mr. Jackson has 15 years of combined experience in self-contained special education classrooms, resource rooms, and hospital day treatment in K-12 settings. He has developed and overseen mental health and intervention programs and directed staff in four states. Mr. Jackson has worked as a higher education adjunct faculty teaching distance courses in behavioral theory, Attention Deficit Disorder and reading remediation for the past 14 years. Currently his courses are being offered through distance education programs with over 70 colleges and universities nationwide.

Special Instructions:

VESi will no longer offer the CD-ROM option after August 30, 2014

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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