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Confidently Dealing with Power Struggles in the Classroom
Power struggles are central to over 40 different difficult behaviours that occur regularly in schools all over Australia.
Power struggles occur at all year levels, so this workshop is equally as applicable when trying to work with a confronting Year One student as it is with a stony faced, noncooperative learning area coordinator, who both have surprisingly similar needs and skill deficiencies.
Most commonly, we know the power struggler as the defiant ones, the rule-breakers, and the bullies.
These power strugglers upset many classes, meetings, and team balances because they seem to truly feel that a lack of power lies behind all of their troubles, and that more power would be the answer to all of their problems, believing that if they had more power, they would be telling leadership what to do rather than vice versa and that everyone would be happier that way.
The great disappointment comes when these misbehaviours lead leaders to feel threatened, intimidated, frustrated, stressed, and disappointed.
This workshop looks at helping school leadership deal better with power struggles by:
- Explaining when and how power struggles begin.
- Predicting where and when they are most likely to happen.
- Controlling your responses so that power struggles do not escalate and,
- Influencing these difficult and hard to handle people so that they learn better ways to solve their problems.
This workshop uncovers a vast array of proactive, reactive, and post-active strategies that Assistant Principals can use including:
- The outside of the formal meeting tactics that minimise inside meeting aggravation.
- How using simple proactive steps can head off power struggles back at the first irritation stage.
- The responsive steps to take when defusing a looming power escalation crisis.
- How to handle a full blown power struggle under pressure.
- What to do after the power struggle to make sure that it will not happen again.
- What power players need to learn to use their power positively.
- How leadership teams and teachers need to work together to provide consistency and confidence when dealing with challenging power players.
- How to help parents deal with the power struggles outside of school.
This workshop also includes a number of insights into the science of how to set up meetings and the power of radical candour.
In this workshop you will learn.
- How to turn visions into missions with data, direction, and accountability
- How to develop your behavioural intelligence so that you become adept at explaining the interactions that you need too take place, predicting and anticipating behavioural change, controlling your own emotions, and influencing you team.
- How influence works and how to use it well.
- How to strategically deal with power struggles, difficult conversations, and conflict.
- How the steps in strategic planning can be used to drive performance.
- How critical understandings of team development and how to develop them with even the most dysfunctional teams.
This is a highly practical workshop aligns all of the above with the skills of great teaching in classrooms and is extremely useful for senior teachers at all levels from K to 12.