As educators we all have days where the behaviour of one, or more, student/s challenging behaviour not only disrupts and minimises their learning, but limits learning opportunities for those around them. Days where we struggle to maintain control and battle to “stay afloat”. While these problems may seem insurmountable in the moment, there are research based, simple interventions that can be put in place to minimise the behaviour occurrence and set the classroom up for smooth, effective learning. This three hour course providing both theoretical and practical knowledge on the implementation of positive behaviour supports, to reduce challenging behaviours and to promote inclusion within the classroom environment. Dealing with challenging behaviours after they happen can be costly in both time and resources further removing teaching opportunities from the class as a whole. In addition to the logistical issues surrounding this type of behaviour management, reactive responses to challenging behaviour are only short term solutions; they do not focus on why the behaviour is happening, how to prevent it or how to teach an appropriate alternative. Instead the implementation of a few, carefully selected, positive behaviour supports can prevent the behaviour from even occurring in the first place. The ability to select and implement appropriate strategies, differentiated for each learners’ individual needs, is key to promoting a positive, inclusive classroom environment. Educators will leave the course with;
- A simple assessment tool for use within the classroom. The tool will guide educators in identifying challenging behaviour and why it is happening
- Theoretical knowledge of a few, simple, positive behaviour supports such visual supports, reward systems, communication supports and motivation strategies. All of the supports discussed can be successfully adapted and modified based on individual learners needs to support a broad range of students.
- Practical knowledge on how implementation of such positive behaviour supports can help establish inclusive opportunities within the classroom by focusing on the increase of appropriate behaviour rather than the decrease of challenging behaviour.
Completing this course will contribute to 2 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing standards 4.1.2 (support student participation), 5.1.2 (assess student learning) and 6.2.2 (engage in professional learning and improve practise) from the Australian Professional Standards for teachers maintaining proficient teacher accreditation in NSW.