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Decreasing Defiant and Argumentative Behaviors: Practical Strategies

Presented by Julie Compton
Educational Consultant and Behavior Specialist

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Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-12: General Education Teachers, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, School Social Workers and Administrators

  • Specific techniques that significantly reduce defiant behaviors
  • Effective and memorable ways to teach your students replacement skills for success
  • Transform arguments into engagement and increase respectful student interactions
  • Powerful strategies that build your students’ confidence and self-management skills

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Defiance in the classroom can throw an educator right off their game. When a student argues, yells, refuses, or challenges in a way that interferes with the learning process, it can be very disconcerting. The impact on the rest of the class can be overwhelming and negatively affect everyone’s success. Is there a time when defiance and argumentation is good? How do students learn the difference? What is a teacher to do? How can we replace argumentative with respectful behavior? This seminar emphasizes powerful strategies that have been proven to create cooperation from even the most challenging students. JULIE COMPTON, a seasoned teacher, behavior specialist and presenter, has designed a seminar that brings all of these highly practical strategies together in one place. She will help you create a plan that you can put into action immediately. You will walk away with strategies that prepare you to teach the replacement behaviors your students need to succeed in school. Your students can be more successful in school and you can be more satisfied and less frustrated as a teacher.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Replace Defiant and Argumentative Behaviors with More Productive Alternatives
    Discover positive strategies to handle defiant and argumentative behaviors while teaching more effective behaviors
  2. Decrease Your Students’ Desire to Argue About Things That Don’t Matter
    Learn the reasons for arguing and how to meet the need before it happens through teaching highly effective self-awareness and self-management strategies
  3. De-personalize Defiant and Argumentative Behaviors
    Dissect the function of the behavior in order to identify strategies that will be most effective at changing a targeted behavior
  4. Eliminate the Power Struggle That Defiant Behavior Invites
    Identify ways to quickly re-direct students to increase respect and reconnection rather than rejection
  5. Reclaim Valuable Instructional Time Online or In the Classroom
    Explore specific strategies to decrease defiant behaviors that take time away from your instruction and interrupt learning
  6. Easy-to-Implement Strategies That Result in a More Collaborative and Emotionally Safe Classroom
    Rediscover the joy of teaching with a safe and inviting environment enhanced with respectful communication
  7. Increase Your Repertoire of Strategies to Prevent Defiance and Increase Respectful Behaviors
    Develop preventative strategies that work to build an atmosphere of cooperation and ownership with a focus on success
  8. Build Greater Success
    Teaching replacements to defiance translates into success beyond the classroom … these are skills that impact relationships, careers, and the community at large
  9. Refresh Your Toolbox and Take the Dread Out of Defiance and Arguing
    Build your toolbox of options with what works so that you return to your class better prepared and experience greater satisfaction and success
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
    You’ll leave with a digital resource handbook filled with easy-to-use prevention and intervention strategies that you can put to use immediately in your classroom

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Ways to decrease defiant and argumentative behaviors with confidence
  • How to avoid taking defiance personally
  • Choose a replacement behavior by identifying the function the defiance serves
  • Strategies to carve out time for teaching skills to replace defiance and arguing
  • Ways to create cooperative student-to-student collaboration without resistance
  • How to more respectfully redirect leading to reconnection rather than rejection
  • How to refresh your plan for increasing respect in your classroom
  • Ways to create a classroom family complete with a mission statement and goals
  • Applicable ideas about the social and emotional needs of your students
  • Trauma, your students and the power you have to help
  • Ways to measure success through data collection that is fast, easy and painless
  • Maximize your time through pre-teaching and reminding

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I love teaching educators because I have walked in your shoes and still do. I understand the effects that defiance can have on a teacher. It can be emotionally draining. As expectations for the academic performance of your students has increased, the behavioral needs of today’s students increased as well. So many students are without the skills to emotionally regulate and recognize only two ways to get their needs met … by arguing and being defiant. While this may feel effective to them, it comes at a great cost to their academic and social success. You might be in what feels like a “between a rock and a hard place” situation. I will help you get to a much better place where both you and your students experience much greater success.

Teachers need effective strategies to deal with defiant, argumentative students. I’ve brought together the best strategies that are behaviorally sound, proven to work and lead our students to see the value of making better choices. This is the point from which we can pre-teach, re-direct, reinforce and practice the skills they need to succeed in the classroom. You will be given materials to assist with all of these methods.

Your time is valuable and I intend to use it well. I have a day full of practical learning, sharing and preparing with time built-in for laughter and honest conversation. It’s my goal for you to leave excited to return to your school prepared to tap into the best of your students.

Julie Compton

P.S. You will leave this seminar with dozens of practical ideas and an extensive digital resource handbook to help you implement the strategies in your classroom.

Who Should Attend

Grades K-12 General Education Teachers, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, School Social Workers and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Practical, memorable ways to teach replacement skills
  • Sample conversations to guide the adult as they talk to the student
  • Visual cues for the students
  • Sample social contracts
  • Guide for de-escalation steps and skillfully preparing the student to “re-do”
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in decreasing defiant and argumentative student behaviors.

Consultation Available
Julie Compton will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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