30 Tips and Strategies for Managing Rude and Defiant Behavior


Speaker: Matt McNiff

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SKU: 4509

Webinar Description

Snapshot: Defiant, rude and oppositional behavior can unhinge both new and veteran teachers and grind the learning process to a halt. The wrong response from the teacher can intensify the problem and put you or another administrator in the tough position of defusing the situation.

Behavior specialist Matt McNiff will present 30 behavioral and academic tips and strategies to head off rude, defiant and oppositional behavior before it disrupts another classroom.

How should a teacher respond when a student mocks a peer or ridicules a classroom activity? What are the best strategies to use when a student loudly refuses to do an assigned task? How can a teacher best keep the rest of the class on track while addressing the challenges posed by one student?

Invite your teachers to listen with you while Matt coaches you through these and many other challenges. He also provides attendees with a theoretical understanding of why students defy directions.

Matt’s approach is rooted in hands-on experience. He works with 9 school districts to help educators manage behavior problems from the elementary school to secondary school level.

30 Tips and Strategies for Dealing with Rude, Defiant or Oppositional Behavior incorporates research-based theories on the stages of defiance and the use of positive reinforcement and overcorrection.

Matt also discusses love-and-logic strategies (“I like you too much to argue”) and addresses research in the Kansas City school district on how teachers have used positive statements to increase classroom behavior and academic performance.

Webinar Topics:

  • Avoiding toxic penalties
  • How to set up for success even the most obstreperous students
  • How best to model values and behaviors
  • Putting praise in writing and using flattery effectively
  • A 1-minute plan for developing a relationship
  • Why positive labels can be as damaging as negative ones
  • How to get results without coercive directions
  • How to use choices effectively

Other behavioral tips and strategies include:

  • Using the hero procedure to reward agroup for an individual student’s positive behavior
  • The importance of “over-practice”
  • Implementing an effective reinforcement schedule
  • Effective use of a prevent-and-analyze approach (functional assessment)
  • The importance of preparation and organization.
  • Using academic strategies such as chunking assignments and offering options for task completion and verbal testing.


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About the Speaker

Matt McNiff


is a behavior consultant with the Educational Service Unit No. 5 in Beatrice, Nebraska, where he works with 9 school districts to help teachers and administrators develop ways to help students with behavior problems. He spent 9 years working as a teacher and counselor at Iowa-based Clarinda Academy working with delinquent youth from around the nation. Before that, he spent 4 years teaching behavior-disordered students at Beatrice High School. Matt has a master’s degree in special education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in behavior disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a webinar work?

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How many can access the event per registration?

Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.

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Yes. You may fax the PO to 815-461-5647 or call us at 207-632-1954. Please include the full name and email address of the registrant.

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Both include the synchronized audio and PowerPoint, but the link may only be accessed for 30 days. The CD-ROM provides a permanent record of the webinar.