Advanced Classroom Management:

Children as Change Agents


Instructor Name:          Mick Jackson

Phone:                         509-891-7219

Office Hours:              8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday - Friday


Address:                      Virtual Education Software

                                    16201 E Indiana Ave, Suite 1450

                                    Spokane, WA 99216

Technical Support:       



Welcome to Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents, a course geared primarily for professionals (e.g., regular or special educators, instructional assistants, school psychologist, counselors) serving children and youths presenting behavior problems in the school or community.  This course focuses on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions (often lumped together under the rubric "social skills") with an emphasis on teaching students how to change and manage their own behavior.  Since previous knowledge and understanding of traditional behavioral (operant) concepts and strategies is required, it is strongly recommended that you take an introductory behavior management course to learn the basic terms and concepts of behavior management prior to taking this “advanced” course.


This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.


Course Materials (Online)

Title:                Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents

Instructor:        Mick Jackson, MS/ED 

Publisher:         Virtual Education Software, inc. 2005, Revised 2010


Academic Integrity Statement

The structure and format of most distance-learning courses presume a high level of personal and academic integrity in completion and submission of coursework. Individuals enrolled in a distance-learning course are expected to adhere to the following standards of academic conduct.


Academic Work

Academic work submitted by the individual (such as papers, assignments, reports, tests) shall be the student’s own work or appropriately attributed, in part or in whole, to its correct source. Submission of commercially prepared (or group prepared) materials as if they are one’s own work is unacceptable.


Aiding Honesty in Others

The individual will encourage honesty in others by refraining from providing materials or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.


Violations of these academic standards will result in the assignment of a failing grade and subsequent loss of credit for the course.



Level of Application

This course is designed to be an informational course with application to educational settings. The intervention strategies are appropriate for the remediation of challenging behavior in students ranging in age from approximately six years through adolescence.


Expected Learning Outcomes: 

As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

·         Know the terminology in the areas of behavior management, self-management and cognitive-behavior modification

·         Know the relative merits and limitations of the behavioral and social-cognitive approaches to behavior management

·         Understand the rationale for teaching students how to self-manage their behavior 

·         Understand the roles that cognitions and emotions play in the development of behavior problems

·         Apply the self-management strategies covered in the course to the behavior problems of their own students

·         Diagnose behavior problems and assess the efficacy of self-management interventions

·         Increase the probability of students using self-management strategies in and outside of the classroom setting


Course Description

The Advanced Classroom Management course was developed as an alternative to traditional behavior modification approaches to changing student behavior. Although the course discusses and supports several behavior modification techniques, it goes beyond the boundaries of this approach. ACM teaches a social-cognitive approach to behavioral remediation. It compares and contrasts the two approaches, allowing students to gain a knowledge and understanding of each, but not refuting the use of either approach.


ACM incorporates the use of cognitive restructuring to aid in the modification of student behavior. The course teaches how to assist students in retraining their thinking so they may break old thought patterns that led to many aberrant behaviors. The modification of a student’s thought process allows them to view situations differently, process them differently, and then, be able to react to those situations in a more socially acceptable manner.


This course also teaches how to motivate students to be their own agents of change. It gives teachers useable strategies on how to teach self-motivation skills to classroom students. When students learn these self-motivation techniques, they begin altering behavior and responding to social situations and events more positively without parent or teacher intervention.


Essentially this course teaches teachers how to train students to recognize, evaluate, and respond to difficult interpersonal, classroom, school, and social situations with limited outside intervention. When students learn how to retrain their negative thought process and become better problem solvers, it takes the pressure of remediation off the teacher and places it on the student where it belongs. When this process is taught and used correctly, it will significantly reduce the number of interpersonal conflicts a teacher needs to deal with during school days and free up more time for academic instruction.


Since this is an advanced classroom management course, it is strongly suggested that students taking this course have some type of formal course training in either behavior modification or classroom management. Classroom experience can be substituted for actual course training, but even experienced teachers should have some background training in classroom management or behavior modification.


Student Expectations 

As a student you will be expected to:

·         Complete all four information sections covering Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents, showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.

·         Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.

·         Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 70%.

·         Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.

·         Complete all course journal article and essay writing assignments with the minimum word count shown for each writing assignment.

·         Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.


Course Overview

Chapter 1:  Introduction & Motivation

Presents a comparison of the behavioral and social-cognitive models of behavior management as they are used in the schools.  Special attention is paid to the merits and limitations of each model and a rationale for when each should be used.  A detailed description of how each model might be applied to a common behavior problem in the class is provided.

 This chapter also discusses the concepts of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and introduces the concept of self-motivation (Self-mo).  Provides a detailed explanation of how Self-mo can be used with students in school settings to eliminate and prevent behavior problems.


Chapter 2:  Cognitive Strategies

Provides an introduction to cognitive behavior modification (CBM), types of cognitions, and how each influences emotions and behavior.  Major focus is on the relationship between irrational thinking and anti-social behavior.  Provides a detailed explanation of the CBM strategy, cognitive-restructuring, and how it can be applied to the behavior problems of children and youth in school settings. This chapter also covers the CBM strategies:  self-instructional training (for destructive impulsivity), verbal mediation (dealing with temptation) and problem solving.  Again, a detailed explanation of each strategy is provided along with its application in the classroom.


Chapter 3:  Stress Management Strategies

Provides an introduction to stress and stress management, and the importance of the latter in preventing and dealing with behavior problems in the classroom.  Focuses on the role of the CBM strategy, stress inoculation, in the management of anger in children and youth. 


Chapter 4:  Using the Strategies

Includes an explanation of how the teacher might decide which of the strategies covered in this course he or she should teach students; both the proactive and reactive approaches are discussed.  With regard to the latter approach, a detailed explanation of the Pre-Mod analysis strategy for diagnosing behavior problems is provided.  Also included is information on how to teach students self-management strategies so that they are more likely to use them outside of the lesson and the
classroom, and how to measure the efficacy of these strategies in preventing and eliminating behavior problems.



At the end of each course section, you will be expected to complete an examination designed to assess your knowledge. You may take these exams a total of three times. Your last score will save, not the highest score.  After your third attempt, each examination will lock and not allow further access.  The average from your exam scores will be printed on your certificate.  However, this is not your final grade since your required writing assignments have not been reviewed.  Exceptionally written or poorly written required writing assignments, or violation of the academic integrity policy in the course syllabus, will affect your grade.  As this is a self-paced computerized instruction program, you may review course information as often as necessary. You will not be able to exit any examinations until you have answered all questions. If you try to exit the exam before you complete all questions, your information will be lost. You are expected to complete the entire exam in one sitting.


Writing Assignments

This course has two required writing components.  ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE REVIEWED. Exceptionally or poorly written assignments, or violation of the academic integrity policy noted in the course syllabus, will affect your grade. Be sure to refer to the Grading Guidelines for Writing Assignments, sent as an attachment with your original course link.

It is highly recommended that you write and save all writing assignments in an external word processing program (such as Word or Notepad), and then copy and paste these into the course program so that you will have backup copies.

To save your essays:


When you select the question or article you wish to respond to, ‘Simple Text’ or ‘Text Edit’ will launch automatically. When you are finished entering your response, simply click SAVE. 

You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.


1)       Essay Requirement: Critical Thinking Questions

There are four Critical Thinking Questions that you must complete. You will do research on the questions and write brief essay responses relating it to the course content (and your personal experiences, when possible).  To view the questions, click on REQUIRED ESSAY and choose the Critical Thinking Question that you are ready to complete; this will bring up a screen where you may enter your essay.  You must write a minimum of 500 words (maximum 1,000) per essay.  You may go back at any point to edit your essays, but you must be certain to click SAVE once you have completed your edits.

You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.


2)   Essay Requirement: Journal Articles

This task requires you to write a review of three peer-reviewed or scholarly journal articles, preferably written by an author with a Ph.D. (blogs and news articles are not acceptable) of your choice on a topic related to this course.  You may choose your topic by entering the Key Words (click on the Key Words button) into a search engine of your choice (Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc.).  Choose three relevant articles and write a critical summary of the information given in each article, explaining how the information relates to, supports, or refutes information given in this course. Conclude your review with your thoughts and impressions (200 words per journal article minimum, 400 words maximum). Be sure to provide the journal name, volume, date, and any other critical information to allow the instructor to access and review that article.


To write your essays, click on REQUIRED ESSAY and choose the Journal Article that you would like to complete; this will bring up a screen where you can write your review. When you are ready to stop, click SAVE.  You may go back at any point to edit your essays, but you must be certain to click SAVE once you are done with your edits. For more information on the features of this assignment, please consult the HELP menu.

You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.


Instructor Description

Mick Jackson, MS/ED, is an Intervention Specialist with a Master's Degree in Special Education, Behavioral Theory. Mr. Jackson has 15 years of combined experience in self-contained special education classrooms, resource rooms, and hospital day treatment in K-12 settings. He has developed and overseen mental health and intervention programs and directed staff in four states. Mr. Jackson has worked as a higher education adjunct faculty teaching distance courses in behavioral theory, Attention Deficit Disorder, and reading remediation for the past 14 years. Currently his courses are being offered through distance education programs with over 70 colleges and universities nationwide. He is the current President and Dean of Faculty for Virtual Education Software and has been working on distance course development since 1995.   


Contacting the Instructor

You may contact the instructor by emailing Mick Jackson at or calling him at (509) 891-7219 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST. Phone messages will be answered within 24 hours. Phone conferences will be limited to ten minutes per student, per day, given that this is a self-paced instructional program. Please do not contact the instructor about technical problems, course glitches, or other issues that involve the operation of the course.


Technical Questions

If you have questions or problems related to the operation of this course, please try everything twice. If the problem persists please check our support pages for FAQs and known issues at and also the Help section of your course.


If you need personal assistance then email or call (509) 891-7219.  When contacting technical support, please know your course version number (it is located at the bottom left side of the Welcome Screen) and your operating system, and be seated in front of the computer at the time of your call. 


Minimum Computer Requirements

Please refer to VESi’s website: or contact VESi if you have further questions about the compatibility of your operating system.


Refer to the addendum regarding Grading Criteria, Course Completion Information, Items to be Submitted and how to submit your completed information. The addendum will also note any additional course assignments that you may be required to complete that are not listed in this syllabus.


Bibliography (Suggested Readings)


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Boan, D. M. (2006). Cognitive-behavior modification and organizational culture. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 58(1), 51-61.


Brooks, A., Todd, A. W., Tofflemoyer, S., & Horner, R. H. (2003, Summer). Use of functional assessment and a self-management system to increase academic engagement and work completion. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5(3), 144-152.


Corey,G. (2009). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.


Coyle, C., & Cole, P. (2004, March). A videotaped self-modeling and self-monitoring treatment program to decrease off-task behavior in children with autism. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 29(1), 3-15.


Davies, S., & Witte, R. (2000, March). Self-management and peer monitoring within a group contingency to decrease uncontrolled verbalizations of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Psychology in the Schools, 37(2), 135-147.


Firman, K. B., Beare, P., & Loyd, R. (2002, June). Enhancing self-management in students with mental retardation: Extrinsic versus intrinsic procedures. Education and Training in Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities, 37(2), 163-171.


Gable, R. A., & Hendrickson, J. M. (2000, August). Strategies for maintaining positive behavior change stemming from functional behavioral assessment in schools. Education and Treatment of Children, 23(3), 286-297.


Gonzales, N. A., Tein, J. Y., Sandler, I. N., & Friedman, R. J. (2001, July). On the limits of coping: Interaction between stress and coping for inner-city adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 16(4), 372-395.


Gureasko-Moore, S., DuPaul, G. J., & White, G. P. (2006, March). The effects of self- management in general education classrooms on the organizational skills of adolescents with ADHD. Behavior Modification, 30(2), 159-183.


Haines, A. A., Davies, W. H., Parton, E., & Silverman, A. H. (2001, January-February). Cognitive behavioral intervention for distressed adolescents with Type I diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 26(1), 61-66.


Kern, L., Ringdahl, J. E., Hilt, A., Sterling-Turner, H. E. (2001, May). Linking self-management procedures to functional analysis results. Behavioral Disorders, 26(3), 214-226.


Kovalski, T. M., & Horan, J. J. (1999, Summer). The effects of internet-based cognitive restructuring on the irrational career beliefs of adolescent girls. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 13(2), 145-152.


McConnell, M. E. (1999, November-December). Self-monitoring, cueing, recording, and managing: Teaching students to manage their own behavior. Teaching Exceptional Children, 32(2), 14-21.


McCraty, R., Atkinson, M., Tomasino, D., Goelitz, J., & Mayrovitz, H. N. (1999, October-December).The impact of an emotional self-management skills course on psychosocial functioning and autonomic recovery to stress in middle school children. Integrative Physiological & Behavioral Science, 34(4), 246-268.


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Mooney, P., Ryan, J., Uhing, B. M., Reid, R., & Epstein, M. H. (2005, September). A review of self-management interventions targeting academic outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Behavioral Education, 14(3), 203-221.


Moore, D. W., Prebble, S., Robertson, J., Waetford, R., & Anderson, A. (2001). Self-recording with goal setting: A self-management programme for the classroom. Educational Psychology, 21(3), 255-265.


Neuman, Y., Leibowitz, L., & Schwarz, B. (2000, Spring). Patterns of verbal mediation during problem solving: A sequential analysis of self-explanation. Journal of Experimental Education, 68(3), 197-213.


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Peterson, L. D., Young, K. R., West, R. P., & Peterson M. H. (1999, August). Effects of  student self-management on generalization of student performance to regular classrooms. Education and Treatment of Children, 22(3), 357-372.


Prins, P., & Hanewald, G. (1999, June). Coping self-talk and cognitive interference in anxious children. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 67(3), 435-439.


Robinson, T. R., Smith, S. W., Miller, M. D., & Brownell, M. T. (1999, June). Cognitive behavior modification of hyperactivity-impulsivity and aggression: A meta-analysis of school-based studies. Journal of Educational Psychology, 91(2), 195-203.


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Silverman, S., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2001, Summer). Cognitive-behavioral constructs and children’s behavioral and emotional problems. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 19(2), 119-134.


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Winsler, A., Diaz, R. M., Atencio, D. J., Mc Carthy, E. M., & Adams Chabay, L. (2000, October). Verbal self-regulation over time in preschool children at risk for attention and behavior problems. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines, 41(7), 875-886.


Wolters, C. A. (1999). The relation between high school students’ motivational regulation and their use of learning strategies, effort, and classroom performance. Learning & Individual Differences, 11(3), 281-299.



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