Quick Coaching Guide: Dealing with Defiant Behavior

All students may sometimes exhibit defiant behavior (active resistance to classroom expectations, procedures, or directions), and this helpful guide shows teachers how to understand it and manage it in productive ways.


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This Quick Coaching Guide also includes essential strategies for reacting to defiant behavior in the moment, with a focus on de-escalating the situation so that the student can get back to learning. Readers learn about common causes of defiant behavior and discover proactive strategies to help them address the root of the problem and prevent future defiance.

A multifaceted tool for ongoing, embedded professional development, Quick Coaching Guides encapsulate a specific topic through the Responsive Classroom lens and identify concrete skills for educators to practice or teach.

This hands-on, structured guide helps educators to take stock of their current practice, plan for future growth, and reflect on progress made.

  • Convenient, embedded professional development that connects directly to your classroom
  • Flexible for autonomous, self-paced learning, exploration, and reflection
  • Written by Responsive Classroom expert teachers
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