How to Deal with the Challenging Student in Your Classroom

Course #: EDCU 9978

Credit: 3 semester hours of Graduate credit from Brandman University

Cost: $400

Difficult Student - LoVerde Group

Course Description

The challenging student in the classroom presents two problems for the teacher. One is the impact the student’s challenging behavior is having on that student’s learning. The second is how that challenging behavior takes away from the learning of all the other students in the class. A teacher has only so much time and energy to present their curriculum.  Any behaviors that require the teacher to address not related to that curriculum, takes away from their instruction. In this course, we will look at the root causes of challenging behavior and provide teachers with specific strategies and techniques to eliminate and/or minimize challenging behavior.

In this class, we will provide a four-step approach to dealing with the challenging student. First, we will have teachers do a self-assessment related to how different students’ behaviors impact them. Each of us is a unique individual with different values, beliefs and skill sets that can be of help or hindrance in our dealing with the challenging student.

The second step, participants will identify three challenging students in their classroom and make an assessment as to the source of the student’s challenging behavior. There are reasons and goals of all behaviors as well as factors contributing to those behaviors that we must understand before determining a plan of action.

In the third step, participants will identify two specific actions that can take to address the challenging behavior of the each of the three students. They will then implement those actions over a period of time in their classroom. That implementation period will vary based upon the specific action.

The final step is to evaluate each action related to its ability to positively impact the behavior and learning of the each of the three challenging students. Participants will pick at least two evaluation criteria and provide student evidence based upon those criteria to support their evaluation.

It is imperative that the teacher have the knowledge and skills to address the behaviors of the challenging students in today’s classroom. Again, not just to provide that challenging student with a quality education, but for all the other students in the classroom as well.


This course consists of 4 modules. Each module has a PowerPoint presentation that you will watch and then complete the accompanying worksheets.

You can choose to have each module sent to you as you complete it, or we can send you all of the modules at the same time.

You will have up to 6 months to complete the class. Credit for the class can’t be granted sooner than one month after registering even if you complete all the modules before that time.

Once you have completed the class, you will receive an email from Brandman University with your student account. It will have a login and password for you to be able to access your grades and request a transcript.

If you have any questions or concerns as you view the PowerPoints and complete the written work, please contact Emily LoVerde Berchier at:

Phone: (505) 333-9609

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