Students with chronic or severe behavior problems often follow a predictable pattern of behavior escalation leading to outbursts. Teachers may wonder what they can do to help calm an agitated student before they become explosive. Understanding how behavior problems escalate and when and how to intervene is a key factor in effective classroom management. This TRIP report summarizes the book Managing the Cycle of Acting-Out Behavior in the Classroom (Colvin, 2004) and provides an overview of the acting-out cycle and suggestions for interventions at each phase.

TRIP Guide: De-Escalation