The Zen of Behavior Management with Dr. Alexis Filippini (The Exceptional Educator, Ep. 4)

Imagine a teacher just a few days into the school year, when BAM! Trouble.

Kids blurt out constantly. They don’t stay in their seats. No one follows directions. This once enthusiastic educator walks into work feeling more discouraged and unsupported every day. Her students’ engagement and motivation take a nose dive.

Sound familiar?

Classroom management problems can be more than a headache. For tens of thousands of teachers, these everyday frustrations erode the desire to teach. Disruptive behavior from just a few students can negatively affect learning for an entire class.

Dr. Alexis Filippini

Today Dr. Alexis Filippini shares her expertise on how to turn around everyday classroom challenges. She shares research-based approaches that support effective teaching, boost student achievement, and create a positive school climate.

Dr. Filippini distills decades of research into easily actionable strategies. Her recommendations are effective in the classroom, small group, or one-on-one setting. She shares the art and science of how to create a calm, organized learning environment.

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In This Episode, Dr. Filippini and I Discuss:

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  • How Positive Behavioral Support helps teachers refine a proactive, preventative approach to behavior management.
  • How common behavior challenges become opportunities for teaching self-regulation.
  • How to reduce referrals and suspensions for all children.
  • How to set class expectations that lead to behavioral success.
  • How to reframe behavior as a method of communication.
  • How the Responsive Classroom model can be used hand-in-hand with Positive Behavioral Support.
  • How to find research-based resources.
  • How to take advantage of your classroom space to promote positive behaviors.
  • How experienced teachers can take their classroom management skills to the next level to promote student autonomy, engagement, and purpose.
  • How this aphorism might be true: “The best classroom management plan is a good lesson plan.”

Free Materials from Dr. Filippini:

  • The Behavior Reset Template – A straightforward, 4-step plan for rebuilding classroom community. Available for download right here, so you can end the school year strong.
  • Classroom Management Checklist – Visit Dr. Filippini’s website to download this practical resource. Use the checklist to tap into the research and tools to help you be more effective. Reaffirm what you’re already doing well and uncover some new ideas to tune-up your teaching.

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Want to See How Your Behavior Management Skills Stack Up?

Where are you rocking in your classroom management? Where can you continue to refine your craft? For Exceptional Educator listeners, Dr. Filippini is sharing her simple Classroom Management Checklist.

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Algozzine, B. et al. (2012). Effects of multi-tier academic and behavior instruction on difficult-to-teach students. Exceptional Children, 79, 45-64.

Brady, K., Forton, M., Porter, D. (2011). Rules in School: Teaching Discipline in the Responsive Classroom. Northeast Foundation for Children.

3 Replies to “The Zen of Behavior Management with Dr. Alexis Filippini (The Exceptional Educator, Ep. 4)”

  1. Recently, one of my boisterous students started shouting during a game. I realized that I hadn’t reset expectations about noise.

    Together, we reviewed our five positive expectations. One of those expectations is to use a quiet voice in the office. Then we practiced using our quiet voices. The next week, as we were playing ball toss, he says to me, “Anne-Marie, we’re doing such a good job with our volume!”

    We both had big grins on our faces! He’s a student who’s still developing his self-monitoring skills, so I was delighted that he was regulating his (and his ed therapist’s!) behavior.

    Can you think of a time when you encountered a tricky situation? How’d you handle it?

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