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20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions with Anxious or Defiant Students

anxious child in classStudents’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs.

Jessica Minahan, a certified behavior analyst, special educator, and co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students shares strategies that work with oppositional students.

Minahan offers 20 tips for handling everyday classroom situations, including dealing with attention-seeking behavior, identifying anxiety triggers, managing activity transitions to reduce anxiety, handling work avoidance, self-calming techniques for students, the most effective ways to offer praise and rewards, and more.

Read the full article in the  MindShift section of KQED News.

Source: KQED, https://ww2.kqed.org/.  Last updated April 2016.

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