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Breaking the Cycle - Uncovering the Roots of Misbehavior

Presenter: Chip DeLorenzo 
For: Early Childhood, Elementary I & II, and Secondary I Teachers
CPD Hours: 1.5
Available: On Demand

Individual Rental Group Rental

On-Demand Webinar

The presentation is available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period. Please note: the on-demand webinar is not included with registration to the live webinar; it must be purchased separately.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


A misbehaving child is a discouraged child. Children are hardwired to connect with others. However, they don’t always have the social or life skills to do so. Their attempts to connect may be awkward and unattractive, causing children and adults to unconsciously push them away, leading to increased discouragement and more misbehavior.

Chronic misbehavior can disrupt an entire school year, and have a negative impact on the entire classroom community. When adults develop an understanding of the underlying causes, or belief systems, that motivate misbehavior, they can begin to respond in ways that encourage cooperation and respect in children. Challenging behaviors can actually become gifts that facilitate deeper understanding of the children in your classroom, and opportunities to teach valuable social and life skills for good character.

Learner Outcomes

  • How to identify the root causes and beliefs behind misbehavior in children (ages 2.5-14)
  • To respond to children with chronic behavioral challenges in a manner that is both proactive and consistent with the Montessori philosophy of respect for all.
  • How to collaborate with other adults to create a consistent approach to misbehavior in the classroom.
  • Effective and respectful discipline tools that help children connect to their classroom community and develop social responsibility, empathy and mutual respect.

Chip DeLorenzo, MEd, is the head of Damariscotta Montessori School in Nobleboro, ME. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I- II).

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