Available from the 24th March 2021 – pre-order today!
Managing student behaviour is not the responsibility of an individual teacher; rather, it is a whole-school responsibility.
The process begins by creating a whole school culture that promotes positive behaviour and tackles poor behaviour consistently. In this course, we will consider how to create such a culture, then home in on what individual teachers can do – within that culture – to improve pupil behaviour in their own classrooms.
We will explore the importance of teacher communication and examine the language teachers use as well as their volume and tone. We’ll also explore the central tenets of positive behaviour management, drawing on the work of the Australian behaviour expert Bill Rogers, and consider some practical tips for preventing low level disruption, as well as what can be done to correct it.
Modules to be covered in this online course:
- Module 1: Creating a whole-school culture of positive behaviour:
In this module, we’ll explore the importance of creating a whole-school culture that promotes good behaviour and tackles poor behaviour; we will examine the role school leaders must play in establishing and maintaining the conditions in which teachers are thrive in the classroom.
- Module 2: Three starting principles for managing behaviour: openness, consistency and fairness; and the importance of clear communication:
In this module, we’ll explore how teachers can promote positive behaviour in their classrooms by being open, consistent and fair in the way they articulate and uphold the rules, and in the way they respond to instances of poor behaviour when they arise. In so doing, we will look at three stages of behaviour management: preventative; corrective; supportive.
- Module 3: Low level disruption and decisive discipline:
This module will provide some practical take-away tips for managing low-level disruption in the classroom, and explore the central tenets of decisive discipline.
- Module 4: Engagement and motivation:
Students are more likely to behave and learn when they are engaged and motivated in the classroom. This module will explore how to engage students – in the sense of them being active participants in the process of learning – and how to build intrinsic and extrinsic motivation so that students develop both the ‘want’ and the ‘need’ to learn.
- Module 5: The importance of high expectations:
The Pygmalion Effect posits that having high expectations of
students is not only a good thing, but it leads to demonstrable improvements in outcomes. In this module, we will explore some practical ways of articulating high expectations and of holding students to high standards of work.
- Module 6: Ten top take-away tips for managing behaviour:
In this final module of the course, we will walk through some highly practical strategies for managing behaviour in the classroom.