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Live Streamed Webinar

All School Leaders, Classroom Teachers, Early Career Teachers, Year Level Co-ordinators and anyone involved in Management of Student Behaviour.

$295.00 + GST

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Booking Conditions

No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have any monies paid refunded in full. Cancellation made prior to the Thursday 11th August 2022 will incur a 25% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable for in full for cancellations made on or after Thursday 11th August 2022 or for failure to attend the program. Participants will be sent a Zoom link which is only to be used by the registered person. If any other unregistered person views the webinar without registration, they will be liable for the full registration plus an additional 25% administration fee. No attendance certificates will be issued until all monies are paid in full. Any cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to in accordance with the terms and conditions. In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed, and registration monies paid will be fully refunded. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd will not be accepting liability for any other associated costs. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd reserves the right to vary the advertised program prior to commencement. Please note:  No refunds are possible for any non-attendance due to Covid19 or Covid19 Lockdowns.

Behaviour management – Strategies that support Positive Relationships

Behaviour management has become harder as our world has become more complex. It gets tougher and trickier to find a common approach that everyone can agree to and even harder to find students, teachers and parents who actually stick to the agreed behaviours.

In this Behaviour Management Conference our presenters detail the five key areas that teachers and schools need to consider if they are to successfully develop fully functioning, high performing and socially competent learners. Our presenters believe that students behave when they can. Sometimes poor behaviour is a student’s best response in a complex social setting called a classroom or playground.

So, what we have to do as educators is to cease trying to punish the bad behaviours out of recalcitrant students and replace the pain with practical collaborative problem solving techniques that eliminate the need for bad behaviour.

These provide teachers who work with students that “need the most love but show it in the most unloving ways sometimes” a sequence to apply and the strategies that will deliver the change that are needed for your school and classroom to flourish.

Session One: 9.00am – 10.45am

Ruth Reading – Quick & Effective Strategies for building relationships, resolving conflict and working together

This webinar explores strategies for creating a positive and productive working environment for students and teachers. We will explore ways to manage student behaviour to create calmer classrooms where teaching and learning is more fun and rewarding. You will discover ways to achieve respectful, healthy relationships with students where they take responsibility for their actions and thinking.

By the end of the session participants will have explored:

  • Preventative strategies to promote a positive learning environment.
  • Effective responses for pivoting around resistant or argumentative behaviours and de-escalating potential conflicts
  • Non-verbal and other low-level intervention techniques for subtly ‘nudging’ students back on-task
  • Techniques for getting and holding student attention and routines for minimising disruption
  • Strategies to help students take responsibility for their actions and find ways to fix things when conflict has occurred.

10.45am – 11.15am Morning Tea break

Session Two: 11.15am – 1.00pm

David Vinegrad – 7 Essential Teacher Skills

If you have ever wondered how those masterful teachers run stress free lessons with lots of engagement then this session is for you. We will cover the 7 secrets or skills or techniques, call them what you like but they have been around forever! The difficulty is translating these skills into consciously competent practice – what to say and do in the classroom to develop learning behaviours.

Participants will be led through the following magical skills that effective teachers use –
1. Classroom expectations shared & owned
2. Routines & procedures taught & known
3. Active supervision of students
4. Positive classroom environment
5. Functional physical layout
6. Maximize academic engagement
7. Predictable responses to positive/negative behaviour

1.00pm – 1.45pm Lunch break

Session Three: 1.45pm – 3.30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2.30pm)

Ruth Reading -Understanding Shame and how to respond to it.

Brené Brown, defines shame as an “intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.”

Our beliefs shape how we think and act so it’s no surprise that someone who feels flawed and unworthy of love and belonging, will act out in ways that reinforce that belief. Shame can be found in many of our students, and especially our most vulnerable ones. It can be the reason why students who have repeated conflict with others, continue to reoffend. Our students need adults in their lives that will listen, empathise, understand, and help them find a way forward. We can be that for them.

In this workshop we will explore

  • What shame is and where it comes from.
  • The difference between shame and guilt.
  • What the indicators of shame are and how they might be expressed in our students.
  • Ways to create a classroom environment that combats shame and helps students believe the truth about who they are.

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Presented by Critical Agendas

David Vinegrad

David Vinegrad is a well-known presenter with extensive experience in the area of behaviour management both nationally and internationally. He has highly developed skills as a facilitator, trainer, and presenter and is widely recognised as an international expert on restorative justice. He has played a major role in the introduction of restorative practices into schools in Australia and internationally and is an experienced counsellor and mediator including high level management of critical incidents and school based trauma. David has over 30 years of experience working with teachers and students in a variety of diverse educational settings undertaking and developing a wide range of roles including recent work in Japan and Brazil.

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Ruth Reading

Ruth is passionate about helping adults create safe places for children to play, learn and be themselves. She works with adults to implement strategies to build relationships, resolve conflict and work together. She has a well-loved and frequently used toolkit of insights, resources, methods, and strategies to share on building healthy relationships and creating engaging and effective teaching and learning environments.

Ruth has been involved in Education for nearly 20 years and is a registered teacher with the Victoria Institute of Teaching. She works as an Education Consultant, Primary School Teacher, School Wellbeing Coordinator and Casual Relief Teacher. She is a trained Restorative Practices Facilitator and Consultant having worked with schools in both Australia and the USA to implement Restorative Practices across their school communities. Ruth is also a qualified facilitator of Love & Logic bringing effective strategies for helping children make great choices both in their school and with their families.

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