Today's classrooms are more challenging than ever. The increasing challenges that teachers face in their classroom are partially due to the behavioral issues that their students present. In this day and age of gangs and school violence, it seems that children have become more and more defiant. The best way to deal with defiance is to prevent its occurrence in the first place. This book provides teachers with a teaching strategy that can help them prevent defiance by teaching social skills that allow children to appear more compliant and, therefore, avoid altercations with adults and other children. The book provides step-by-step instructions on effective skill instruction, as well as how to prompt and reward appropriate skill use. The book also discusses what to do when skill instruction does not work and the student's behavior begins to escalate. Finally, the book reviews methods for helping students make appropriate choices across the many class periods and teachers they encounter throughout the school day.
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