Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom
Instructor Name: Dr. Michael Sedler
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
course is about violence in
The course will consider the many forms of aggression, both criminal and otherwise; its costs and motivation; its perpetrators and targets; its likely and unlikely locations; its impact on our schools, the children; and, most especially, its several causes and promising solutions.
of interest will include violence and the challenge of raising and working with
children; aggression in our classrooms; American youth gangs and their
influence; past and future sports violence; “hot spot” locations of frequent
violence; and the aggression-promoting role of alcohol, temperature, driving,
television and other features of modern life. The course also will answer
questions such as: Is aggression always
bad? How do aggressive thoughts lead to aggressive actions? Is aggression, at
least for some people, an addiction? Does the victim contribute to being
attacked? Is dating a dangerous proposition? How are the acts of aggression
dealt with in other countries, and are there any lessons for
goal of this course is to help educators and adults in general better
understand how aggression affects our lives and the lives of children.
Hopefully such greater understanding and more skilled efforts at prevention
will substantially reduce the aggression and violence that has become all too
Course Materials (Online)
Title: Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom
Instructor: Dr. Michael Sedler
Publisher: Virtual Education Software, inc. 2002, Revised 2008, Revised 2010, Revised 2013
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1) To review the history of aggression and how society came to be such an aggressive place
2) To identify the causes of aggressive behavior, both internal and external
3) To explain how aggression is expressed in various social settings such as schoolyards, classrooms, sports, homes, etc.
4) To identify perpetrators and victims of aggression and violence
5) To identify locations of high aggression and violence
6) To provide solutions for reducing aggression and violence in classroom and other school settings
7) To provide information on how educators can help students/children reduce feelings of aggression and violent tendencies
course, Understanding Aggression, has
been divided into four chapters and five to ten exercises within each chapter.
The first chapter reviews the history of aggression in
The second chapter deals with how we have learned to be aggressive. It discusses how aggressive thoughts many times become aggressive actions. The course reviews the “us versus them” side of aggression and violence. Chapter 2 also deals with how alcohol, temperature and driving can increase aggression and violence. The chapter reviews the role of television and how TV may be a tutor for violent behavior. Is high aggression often found in people who tend to have low empathy? This chapter will discuss this issue. The chapter will also cover how words and teasing can be expressions and forms of aggression.
third chapter centers on aggression and violence as crimes. It explores arson,
assault and crimes of fear. The chapter also will discuss vigilante justice
and/or injustice. Along with criminal aggression the chapter takes a look at
guns and gangs in
Chapter 4 speaks to working with and raising children to resist violence. It gives suggestions to educators and parents on how to deal with and counteract aggressive or violent behavior. This chapter deals with dating, and how it can be impacted by aggressive behavior and date violence. It speaks to how television affects the aggressive behavior of our children. The chapter reviews child tantrums, and what to do about them. Chapter 4 is summarized with several exercises on win-win scenarios for remediation and effective problem solving techniques.
The chapters and exercises are sequential and, although it is not required, they should be completed in the order in which they are presented in the program. After completing these four chapters you should have a framework for understanding and working with aggressive behavior. This also may help you understand why students with high aggression are a challenge in a regular education setting.
As a student you will be expected to:
1) Complete all information chapters covering aggression, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.
2) Complete all examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.
3) Complete a review of any chapter on which your examination score was below 70%.
4) 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.
5) Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
Chapter 1: Introduction and Characteristics
· How Did We Get Here?
· The Costs of Aggression
· Is Aggression Always Bad?
Chapter 2: Behaviors and Techniques
· Learning to Be Aggressive
· Us Versus Them
· Aggressive Thoughts and Aggressive Actions
· Low Empathy, High Aggression
· Television as a Tutor: Aggression 101
· Alcohol and Aggression: Courage in a Bottle
· Does the Victim Help Cause Violence?
· Words That Hurt
· Hot Days, Hot Tempers
· Auto Aggression
· Jump! Jump! The Suicide-baiting Crowd
Chapter 3: Acts and Forms of Violence
· The Journey to Crime
· Other Acts of Aggression
· Vigilante Injustice
· Fear of Crime
· The Home and Family
· Sports Violence: Past, Present and Future
· Play Fighting and Real Fighting – Is there a Connection?
· The Ride to and Through School: Safe or Scary?
· Teaching Prosocial Behavior to Antisocial Youth
· A Short Course on Gangs
Chapter 4: Preventing Violence
· Raising Children to Resist Violence
· Nonaggressive Children From Aggressive Environments
· Dating as a Dangerous Game
· Let’s Both Calm Down, Then We’ll Talk
· Take my Wife, Please
· Why Is Aggression so Hard to Change?
· Downsizing Deviance
· Complex Problems Demand Complex Solutions
· A Look to the Future
At the end of each chapter, 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. Your final grade for the course will be determined by calculating an average score of all exams. This score will be printed on your final certificate. 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.
presented seminars and classes throughout the Pacific Northwest and
Canada. Dr. Sedler has worked as an
administrator, behavior specialist, teacher and social worker within the public
school setting. Dr. Sedler is an adjunct
professor for two universities in the state of
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Bibliography (Suggested Readings)
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Carr, Tom. (2003). When all else fails. Chapin, SC: Youthlight, Inc. Helping professionals with disruptive students (grades K-12). www.youthlight.com 800-365-9774.
Carr, Tom. (2005). 141 creative strategies for reaching adolescents. Chapin, SC: Youthlight, Inc. Intervention approaches for teens (grades 5-12). www.youthlight.com 800-365-9774.
Espelage, Dorothy. (2010). Bullying in North American schools. Florence, KY: Routledge. Research-based book on violence in schools (grades k-12). www.routledge.com 800-634-7064.
Fitzell, Susan Gringas. (2007). Transforming anger to personal power. Champaign, IL: Research Press. Teaching anger management (grades 6-12). www.researchpress.com 800-519-2707.
Glasser, William. (1999). Choice Theory. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. Evaluating one’s life and outlook. (Adults) www.harpercollins.com 800-242-7737.
Glick, Barry, & Gibbs, John. (2010). Aggression replacement training: A comprehensive intervention for aggressive youth (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press. Social skills manual for working with aggressive youth (grades 7-12). www.researchpress.com (800) 519-2707.
Greene, Ross. (2005). The explosive child. Boys Town, NE: Boys Town Press. Ideas for understanding and working with inflexible children and explosive situations (K-8). www.boystownpress.org 800-282-6657.
Hudley, Cynthia. (2008). You did that on purpose. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. Strategies and interventions to reduce aggression. (grades 4-12). www.guilford.com 800-365-7006.
McFadden, Anna, & Cooper, Kathy. (2004). Leave no angry child behind. Courage to Change. Chapin, SC: Youthlight. 160 proactive tips and strategies to reducing anger in students (grades K-12). www.couragetochange.com 800-440-4003.
Nelsen, Jane, et al. (2006). Positive Discipline Series. Empowering People Inc. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. Create cooperation and self-discipline in students (grades K-12, series). www.empoweringpeople.com 800-456-7770.
Payne, Ruby. (2005). A framework for understanding poverty. Highlands, TX: Aha! Process. Understanding poverty and its impact on people (grades K-12). www.ahaprocess.com 800-424-9484.
Simmons, Rachel. (2011). Odd girl out: The hidden culture of aggression in girls. New York, NY: Harcourt Books. Understanding the culture of aggression in girls (grades 7-12). www.harcourtbooks.com 800-543-1918.
Vernon, Ann. (2006). Thinking, feeling, behaving. Champaign, IL: Research Press. Helping children address thoughts and consequences (grades K-12, series). www.researchpress.com 800-519-2707.
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