Defusing Disruptive Behavior
Welcome to the Virginia Department of Education’s Defusing Disruptive Behavior. This series of eight modules will describe the phases of the Escalation Cycle and provide information and strategies to consider when defusing behavior. The information in this series is intended for use by Virginia school personnel. For the most complete understanding of the processes and practices described in this series, it is recommended that you complete these modules in order. Throughout these modules, disruptive behavior is defined as any behavior that interferes with the student’s learning or the learning of others in the school setting.
Introduction to the Escalation Cycle and the Baseline Phase
Module 1 provides an overview of the phases of the escalation cycle and begins the initial discussion of the baseline phase. School-wide strategies such as relationships, classroom practices and consistent responses to disruptive behavior are reviewed.