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1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom: 3 Easy Steps to Eliminate Problem Behaviors and Create a More Cooperative Classroom

Sarah Jane Schonour, MA, NBCT
5 Hours 13 Minutes
Dec 18, 2019
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“They don’t pay me enough to deal with these behaviours. It’s gotten worse over the years!”

“I know how to teach math and social studies but I’m at a loss when it comes to behaviour.”

“There’s this one kid who’s taking all of my time away from the other students.”

Have you said or heard one of these comments at your school? If so, you are not alone! When you entered education, you thought it would be about lesson plans, curriculum and guiding students on a path to a fulfilling life.

You weren’t expecting to spend your days trying to overcome the disrespect, arguing, talking out of turn, yelling or host of other disruptive behaviours that make teaching feel impossible and leave you feeling exhausted and dreading another day in the classroom.

You’ve looked everywhere for answers and you’re starting to worry there’s nothing else you can do.

Watch this essential training and get the tools you need to regain control of your classroom!

Watch educational expert, Sarah Jane Schonour, MA, NBCT, as she teaches you how to incorporate 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom with even your most difficult students. In just 3 simple steps you’ll work more effectively with students of all abilities and stop disruptive behaviour in its tracks. Based on the groundbreaking 1-2-3 Magic parental discipline program developed by clinical psychologist Dr. Thomas Phelan, this evidence-based, easy-to-learn method transforms difficult behaviour and revolutionizes your classroom.

Purchase this recording today and feel the joy of a more peaceful classroom, more enjoyable kids, less exhaustion, and more time for instruction!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 5.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Sarah Jane Schonour, MA, NBCT, is a National Board-Certified Teacher with over 25 years of experience in the field of education. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and her master’s degree from George Washington University. She has worked in the public-school system as an instructional assistant, classroom teacher, curriculum resource teacher, and behavior intervention teacher.

Sarah Jane is currently teaching at Arizona State University in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and has served as adjunct faculty for two universities in the Washington DC area. She is the co-author of 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom, which received the Teacher’s Choice Award and is a selection of the Primary Teachers’ Book Club. Sarah Jane also co-developed the 1-2-3 Magic for Teachers DVD. Audiences across the nation have been impressed with her organization, real-life examples, and practicality.


Course Content Disclosure:

Course content will focus exclusively on 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial:  Sarah Jane Schonour is an associate faculty at Arizona State University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial:  Sarah Jane Schonour has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.  


  1. Demonstrate one simple method to get children to stop disruptive behaviour and improve their level of functioning.
  2. Articulate seven tactics for encouraging good behaviour to reinforce positive behaviour and constructive work habits.
  3. Implement behaviour modification strategies to diffuse tantrums, playground issues, and address testing and manipulation in students.
  4. Determine how to apply 1-2-3 Magic to students with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities.
  5. Collaborate productively with students to build and maintain positive relationships in the classroom.
  6. Practice active listening strategies and manage transition times effectively to minimize disruptive behaviour in the classroom.


What is 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom?

  • Based on the popular and effective parenting program: 1-2-3 Magic
  • Simple, precise, and effective ways to manage behaviour
  • A “teacher-in-charge” approach with no arguing, yelling, or negativity

Build a Solid Foundation for Your Classroom

  • Effective teaching is key
  • Avoid The Dangerous Assumption about children
  • The two biggest behaviour management mistakes most teachers make
  • Different types of behaviour must be addressed in different ways
  • Accommodations for students with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities

Identify & Manage the 6 Types of Testing and Manipulation

  • Badgering
  • Temper
  • Threat
  • Martyrdom
  • Butter Up
  • Physical Tactics

Step 1: Manage and Reduce Undesirable Behaviour in the Classroom

  • Counting – It’s simple but not easy!
  • How to get the students onboard
  • Techniques to target problem situations
  • Applying 1-2-3 Magic outside of the classroom
    • Hallways
    • Playground
    • Cafeteria
    • Field trips

Step 2: Encourage Good Behaviour in the Classroom

  • Proactively teaching routines and procedures
  • 7 simple methods to encourage positive choices
  • Utilize praise and positive feedback
  • What to do (and what not to do) during:
    • Arrival and dismissal
    • Transitions
    • Cleaning up
    • Independent work

Step 3: Strengthen Positive Relationships with Students

  • Build self-esteem
  • Develop constructive classroom habits
  • Implement active and reflective listening
  • Work collaboratively to solve problems together

Target Audience

  • Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Instructional Assistants
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Principals
  • School Administrators
  • Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children

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