Brookdale Community College
Managing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom
Recorded November 16, 2024 | College instructors are increasingly being asked to step beyond their expertise to manage disruptive, rude, entitled and, sometimes, downright dangerous behavior in the classroom. Drawing on Dr. Brian Van Brunt’s work in his books A Faculty Guide to Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior and A Staff Guide to addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior on Campus, this training reviews the importance of setting clear and early expectations for classroom behavior, establishing boundaries in the classroom, and learning ways to address and de-escalate potentially dangerous behavior. We review the role of emotional intelligence, social emotional learning and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues as they related to classroom behavior.
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Students unprepared, numerous missed assignments, and absences from class.
Failure to keep up with work and then demanding exceptions to policies.
Overuse of technology in the classroom, cross talk, and failure to pay attention.
Disrespectful tone, entitled attitude, and rude behavior.
Threatening and aggressive behavior to other students and/or the instructor.
Practical tips to increasing engagement
Setting boundaries and expectations for communication in the classroom
Addressing technology misuse in the classroom
Teaching students who are balancing work, family, and academics
Dos and Don’ts of email and online communication
Working with neurodivergent students
Managing faculty stress and burnout
Redirecting students who ask to many questions during class
Working with first generation college students
Working with student veterans
Brian Van Brunt, EdD, is the Director of Behavior and Threat Management for D-Prep Safety. Author of over a dozen books, Brian has spent time as a child and family therapist, university professor, assistant deputy director of training at Secure Community Network, partner at TNG, and president of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). He is an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment, crisis preparedness, mental illness, and instructional design. Brian has provided consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention.