Teaching Children with Challenging Behavior
Instructor: Michelle Kalina
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Correspondence
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $150
Partner Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education
Students need to be able to self-regulate and control their behaviors in order to be ready to learn in their classroom. Neither the student themselves nor their classmates are able to learn in a classroom that is chaotic, unpredictable and disruptive. In this course, teachers will learn how to teach students to manage their emotions and anger. They will learn how to develop lessons and interventions that engage students and promote positive behavior. Participants in this class will know how to shape behavior instruction, work with the families of behavior-challenged students and collaborate with school social workers and psychologists to solve problem behavior in the classroom. Evidence-based interventions that are practical and ready to use are provided for the classroom teacher.
As a result of this participation in this course, students should:
1. Learn how to empower their students with strategies to control and regulate their own behavior.
2. Teach students how to develop important social skills to keep and maintain friendships.
3. Learn how to provide engaging academic instruction to promote executive functioning and prevent challenging behavior in the classroom.
4. Know how to positively reinforce good behaviors and use undesireable consequences in a supportive way.
5. Design and implement effective functional behavior plans.
6. Understand the theory and research supporting positive behavior support interventions in improving academic achievement, improving the learning environment and reducing problem behaviors.
Otten, K. & Tuttle, J. (2011). How to reach and teach children with challenging behavior: Practical, ready-to-use interventions that work.
Siegel, C.T. (2008). School-wide Positive Behavior Support Programs in Elementary Schools. Master’s Thesis. Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA.
Text can be located at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED502074.pdf
Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.