This Time I Mean It….How to Manage Classroom Behavior without Losing Your Cool


Speaker: Laura A. Riffel

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Webinar Description

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How can one student’s behavior suddenly disrupt your classroom? Have you ever asked yourself this question in that lucid moment before the student triggered your own unproductive reactions and you failed to handle the situation properly?

Now’s the time to step away from the emotionally-charged context of the classroom to think about how you can best handle the problem behaviors that will arise throughout the school year.

Join “behavior doctor” Laura Riffel for a 2-hour webinar for all grade levels that will coach you in how to focus on the source or function of the behavior and keep your emotions out of your response.  A compelling and authoritative speaker, Laura will give you lots of research-based “Tier 2” strategies grounded in the schoolwide positive behavior support model so that you can effectively respond to common problem behaviors in your classroom.  These strategies include identifying and avoiding triggers for undesirable behaviors, creating group contingencies and group rewards (it’s been road-tested with thousands of students!) and deploying motivation techniques for non-compliant learners.

This webinar will focus on all levels of interventions for the classroom, from universal support with education and prevention, targeted interventions for minor disruptions, and “Tier 3” or intensive interventions for the more problematic disruptions. Laura has been working with these classroom management interventions for over 30 years as a teacher, administrator and coach and is eager to share her hard-won wisdom with you!

Webinar Topics:

  • Controlled Control and True North: Looking past the emotions to the function of the behavior
  • Rewiring the hardwire:  How to avoid triggering students’ target behaviors and your own emotional reactions
  • Supporting behavioral competence with proactive strategies based on what your students are communicating with their behaviors
  • Interventions for low self-esteem, oppositional defiant disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorders, learning disabilities, class clowns, dress code violators, escape artists, children who can’t sit still and many others
  • Token economy systems that work and provide sensory tools for children with ADHD
  • Leaving children no chance to argue
  • Academic ideas to increase on-task behavior and to help children who struggle to keep up and stay focused.  (Hint: they may have too much or too little to do)
  • 10 rules that govern classroom displays of behavior
  • The 4 P’s for raising self-esteem
  • Secret signals and how you can make it more fun to have the right behavior
  • How to get parents to help you in the quest for good behavior


1 review for This Time I Mean It….How to Manage Classroom Behavior without Losing Your Cool

  1. 5 out of 5


    Loved, loved loved Laura. Extremely knowledgeable and full of great suggestions.

    -Shannon Berardi, Kindergarten Teacher, Grand Erie District School Board, Ontario, Canada

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About the Speaker

Laura A. Riffel

Laura A. Riffel, Ph.D. is director of  Behavior Doctor Seminars  which serves as a resource center for educators, parents, pediatricians, transportation providers, daycare providers, social workers, and psychologists. She is the author of Positive Behavior Support at the Secondary “Targeted Group” Level and Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level, both published by Corwin.

For more than 35 years, Laura taught children from preschool through adults in regular and special education settings. She has run a statewide program for children with behaviors that were impeding learning in the classrooms and a day program for children with severe behaviors. 

Laura started and maintained the National Technical Assistance center website on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports from 1999 to May 2012. She has trained  thousands of people around the world on data-based decision-making and having fun changing behavior in the classroom.


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