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Turning Behaviour Around - a 2 day program

Who should participate?

The program is open to all teacher professionals (leading and mentor teachers, graduate teachers) and student-teachers, who wish to upgrade their professional knowledge and practice in behaviour and classroom management. This 2 day seminar workshop provides opportunities to:

  • gain knowledge, understanding and insights into student behaviour
  • work with a process that makes sense of behaviour management
  • acquire practical skills and strategies to more effectively manage students and behaviour in the classroom, school and yard
  • work with a process that makes sense of behaviour management
  • focus on, discuss and work through behaviour issues and case studies
  • work alongside practising teachers and fellow students, sharing ideas, strategies etc., asking questions and reflecting on best practice

Day 1

Session 1
Planning for Management Working preventively

  • Building on core values
  • Making rules work
  • On-going planning - introducing a process for effective management and a strategy for taking control

Session 2
Understanding Behaviour

  • What motivates behaviour?
  • A teacher's changing role
  • How effective is your response?
  • Moving from a position of strength

Session 3
Developing a management process

  • Continuing the control strategy
  • Practical skills to achieve cooperation and respect
  • Skills to empower teachers and build students' emotional & social competency

Day 2

Session 1
Continuing the management process

  • Options for effective follow through
  • Skills to achieve responsibility and self-discipline.
  • Reframing mindsets - enhancing self worth
  • Working for and achieving positive outcomes

Session 2
Managing those more difficult behaviours

  • Discipline, punishment, rewards - what works?
  • What do I do when they challenge, refuse, deny etc?
  • Turning behaviour around
  • Specific behaviour issues e.g. bullying, autistic, defiant behaviours etc.

Session 3
Making it work in the classroom and school

  • Questions and answers - further practical suggestions & case studies
  • Developing colleague support - the task of Professional Learning Teams
  • A whole school approach

Credit for Prior Learning

Deakin university students who are currently undertaking an undergraduate teaching program can, at the end of the short course, elect to do a formal assessment task to accrue 1 credit point toward an elective unit of their teaching program. Students need to contact the CREFI - Partnerships and Engagement office prior to commencing the Turning Behaviour program to discuss this option.

Presenter: Jenny Mackay is a classroom management and student interaction skills specialist with a very practical and non-didactic approach to skills training. Her focus is on the acquisition of useful everyday behaviour management skills and on creating collaborative student teacher relationships. Since 1995 Jenny has taught behaviour management skills at schools, conferences and seminars in the United Kingdom, the U.S.A., South Africa and since 2002 throughout Australia. Most recently her focus has been working with teachers at individual schools in Metropolitan Melbourne and widely in Country Victoria.

Jenny's book is also recommended reading for student teachers - 'Coat of Many Pockets: Managing classroom interactions'. For more information

Course dates 2015

Course 1 - Burwood

Friday, 29 May - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Friday, 19 June - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Course 2 - Burwood

Friday, 13 November - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Friday, 27 November - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Maps of Deakin campuses

Cost (GST free): Two days $365


Please register and pay here then click on Turning Behaviour Around.

Please note that Turning Behaviour Around Assessment is an additional option payable after this course.

Enquiries to

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25th March 2015