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Solving Classroom Discipline Problems I:
For Solutions to Commom Behavior Problems
A new section of each course starts monthly and runs for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends.

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work, including the final exam.


Lesson 1
I've Got A Secret!
- In our first lesson, you'll learn a very important secret about children and discipline. Once you know the secret, you'll be empowered to solve all classroom discipline problems, whether minor or severe. Armed with your new knowledge, you'll be on your way to a more peaceful, respectful, and productive classroom.

Lesson 2
Children Need to Behave
- This lesson explores what motivates student behavior. We come into the world with a set of needs, and for the rest of our lives, we struggle to learn how to best meet those needs. In this lesson, you'll examine students’ needs and learn how to teach to them to meet those needs responsibly.

Lesson 3
Now You're Going to Get It
- You probably already know what approaches don't work with students, but this lesson will explain why they don't work. You'll learn about the brain’s three control centers and how they affect your students’ behavior. You'll also learn how to avoid ineffective responses that can only make problems worse.

Lesson 4
And the Winner Is...
- When discipline is practiced correctly, there are no losers, only winners. Teachers win because they are able to have their needs met without imposing authority or control. Students get their needs met because they get a say in the process through the use of choices. This is the win-win approach to discipline.

Lesson 5
You've Got to Have a Plan
- You have to have a plan. If you just react as situations present themselves, you are going to continually have problems. In this lesson, I'll help you create a game plan for effective classroom discipline. With this plan, you and your students can agree on which behaviors are acceptable and which are not in your classroom.

Lesson 6
What to Do When
- Now that you have a plan, what do you do when students choose to misbehave? What do you do when they behave responsibly? In this lesson, we'll talk about actions you can take when students choose to ignore boundaries. In addition, you'll learn about the reinforcing actions you should take when students choose to act responsibly.

Lesson 7
Problems and Maturity
- Now that you're halfway through the course, it's time to put your new knowledge into action. In the remaining lessons, you learn how to apply what you've learned to discipline problems that commonly occur in any classroom. You'll learn how to deal with these specific problem behaviors: the attention-demander, the apple-polisher, and the whiner.

Lesson 8
Problems With Others
- This lesson focuses on solving problems that involve how students relate to and interact with each other. You'll learn steps that you can take that will both stop the inappropriate behavior and teach appropriate, responsible behavior. You'll learn how to effectively deal with these types of students: the arguer or excuse maker, the bully, and the fighter.

Lesson 9
Problems and Defiance
- In this lesson, you'll learn active listening and other techniques that you can use to defuse emotional situations. You'll learn how to effectively deal with students who continually behave in ways that push your emotional buttons and try your patience. You'll learn what to do when confronted with the defier, the disrespectful, and the disrupter.

Lesson 10
Problems and Schoolwork
- Behavior problems often result in poor academic performance, either directly or indirectly. This lesson gives you a practical approach to helping students who have chosen to not work to their full potential. You'll learn how to help problem students such as the do-nothing, the cheater, and the homework hater.

Lesson 11
Problems and Independence
- In this lesson, you'll examine discipline problems that arise out of students’ need for freedom and independence. These problems occur more frequently in the preteen and teenage years, but independence can be an issue at any age. If you are a parent as well as a teacher, you'll be interested in this lesson that shows you how to successfully deal with the procrastinator and the rebel.

Lesson 12
Let's Try Again Tomorrow
- What do you do if you try these new approaches but they don't work? That's the subject of this last lesson. We'll look at some additional strategies you can use to solve severe or recurring problems. The course ends on a positive note with a reminder of all of the good reasons why we chose to become teachers in the first place.

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II:
Dealing with Severe and Chronic Misbehavior
A new section of each course starts monthly and runs for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends.

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work, including the final exam.


Lesson 1
What Makes Some Problems So Difficult?
In this lesson, you will learn students who present severe and chronic discipline problems are desperate to find ways to stop the pain of unfilled needs that is driving them to behaviors that are hurtful to themselves or others. This lesson will introduce a new step-by-step approach to reach out to and help these students get their needs met. You will learn how using these steps will keep you and your students' focus on the future instead of the past, on positives instead of punishment, and on hope instead of despair.

Lesson 2
Dealing with Difficult Problems
This lesson is about coming to a better understanding of students and their innermost drives and needs that motivate what we call severe or chronic misbehavior. We'll begin by looking at what makes some discipline problems more difficult than others and then explore why what you have done in the past has not worked with these students. Then, you will learn what does work including the critical actions you must take when dealing with serious discipline problems.

Lesson 3
An Effective Discipline Plan
If your goal is to have an effective way of dealing with discipline problems, then you have to have a plan for achieving that goal. If you don't have a plan, you'll most likely react to problems, act without thinking, and make things worse rather than better. To effectively deal with severe and chronic behavior problems you must establish a good foundation. That foundation is an effective discipline plan and this lesson will teach you how to create it and put it into action.

Lesson 4
Teaching Time-Outs
In this lesson you will learn why punitive time-outs are usually ineffective when dealing with serious discipline problems. Then you will learn how to use a new version of time out that I call a teaching time out. You will learn how these teaching time outs can teach children to become problem solvers and to take responsibility for improving their behavior. You cannot force students to behave. You must get their cooperation. Teaching time outs will get you that cooperation.

Lesson 5
Class Meetings
Just as teaching time outs can help you solve individual problems, class meetings can help you solve problems that involve groups of students or even a whole class. In class meetings, students can discover that their class is a working, problem-solving unit, and each student has both individual and group responsibilities. You will see how to use class meetings to serve a variety of educational and social purposes, not the least of which is teaching students how to work together to find solutions to problems. In addition to being powerful problem-solving tools, class meetings can also prevent problems by building a trusting, respectful, and productive classroom atmosphere.

Lesson 6
High School Problems
In this lesson you will explore the special problems encountered at the high school level. You will learn how children from violent homes often believe that it is acceptable to threaten, intimidate, or bully another person to get their way. You will also discover that children who engage in violent or abusive behavior in our high schools are engaging in this behavior to satisfy their basic needs. Then you will learn how responsible adults can connect with these students to solve problems involving verbal abuse, stealing, and fighting.

Lesson 7
Middle School Problems
With this lesson you will learn why the middle school years can be a challenging experience for both teachers and students. This can be a time of terrible uncertainly and trepidation for children. For many of them, it might seem that every aspect of their lives is in flux. You will learn how to help these students when their behavior gets out of hand. You will learn how to effectively deal with students who do no school work, students who talk back, and students who engage in vandalism.

Lesson 8
Upper Elementary
In this lesson you will learn how to deal with problems that occur most often in grades 4, 5, and six. Students in these grades experience many emotional ups and downs in their lives, which can impact their performance and behavior in school. You will learn how to help these children deal with such emotions as insecurity, fear, resentment, and anger. You will also learn how to use the six-step approach to solve problems involving bullying, constant talking, and cheating.

Lesson 9
Lower Elementary Problems
Kindergarten through third grade can an exciting, fun time for both students and teachers. It can also be extremely frustrating and stressful when it comes to dealing with discipline problems. You will learn why solving problems quickly and efficiently at this age level is critical and why problems that are left unchecked can easily escalate into situations that can put a stop to teaching and learning. In addition you will learn step-by-step solutions to specific problems that include not sharing, temper tantrums, and throwing things.

Lesson 10
Dealing with Violent Situations
As you well know, in today's world violence can occur in any school. Being prepared and knowing what to do in these intense situations can prevent serious injury to you or the student. In this very important lesson you will learn about the causes of violent behavior and how to recognize warning signs. Then you will examine three scenarios based on actual events and learn what to do when confronted with potentially violent situations at the elementary, middle and secondary levels.

Lesson 11
Dealing with Special Problems
In this lesson you will examine aspects of school discipline that are often overlooked or ignored by courses on behavior and classroom management. First, you will look at the special problems encountered by substitute teacher teachers and what steps they can take to deal effectively with classroom discipline. Next you will learn about Attention Deficit Order and learn 35 actions you can take to help students improve their attention spans. Then you will look at academics, how it can lead to discipline problems, and how it can actually prevent problems from occurring.

Lesson 12
Preventing Severe and Chronic Discipline Problems
In this lesson, you will see how to use what you learned in the first 11 lessons to create strategies to prevent problems. First you will learn 9 things you can do to prevent severe and chronic problems from occurring in your classroom. Second, you will learn 12 actions you and your colleagues can take to prevent problems from occurring in the common areas of your school. And finally, you will learn 6 practical actions that can be taken to prevent violence from occurring at your school. This lesson echoes one of the key points in this course: the best way to deal with chronic and severe discipline problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

These teacher courses are proudly offered by over 1,000 colleges nationwide. These professional development courses give teachers the classroom management skills to improve student behavior and effectively solve discipline problems. These teacher education courses offer a positive discipline approach to dealing effectively with student disruptive behavior while offering professional development skills at an affordable price. These convenient courses allow teachers to study at home and earn in service, recertification, or salary advancement credit.


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