Viewing tricky student behaviour through a 'Positive Behaviour Support' lens
No, not another new thing? No, here's a value added approach fast becoming an essential.
Once upon a time in schools teachers demanded respect and they got it! They commanded instant reform from students and they got that too! They got 'respect', reform and submission even if it meant ordering a student's parent to deliver a dose of extra discipline. It was the way it was. Over time, as communities broadened their understandings about crime, punishment, tolerance and rehabilitation, schools have reflected these trends as well; sometimes begrudgingly. The power balance continues to shift and what used to work to manage inconsistent student emotion, errant behaviour and misjudgement doesn't work nearly as well any more.
Yet, it remains tough to escape what we've inherited as teachers. When challenged by tricky student behaviour our psychology and lightning emotion can fast switch us back to darker, less enlightened times likely to encourage a punishment first response. Yes, the promotion of 'positive behaviours' is still very much an emerging concept in education. Approaches to discipline work best when they are educative in nature and where the focus is on creating, maintaining and improving relationships between people.
A 2 hour presentation - can be adapted
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Taking on the challenge with disruptive and reactive styled students - with any tricky student - starts by understanding a logical 'key of thinking' promoted by Positive Behaviour Support Principles
Welcome to a practical PBSP workshop aimed to do just this with staff.
PBSP is a proactive, systemic and individualised continuum of support designed to provide social and learning success to for all students, while preventing problem behaviours. It centres about understanding what might be driving a student's challenging behaviour and developing interventions to change the 'usual' motivation a student feels they are receiving. The goal is to improve their understanding about what is happening, what is required and how to do it - explicitly up-skilling their awareness and self-management skills.
The problematic behaviours of students are often tough to change because their behaviours have become functional for them. That is, they believe they work! It is not uncommon to see these thorny behaviours being reinforced by how we react and what we do - our unchecked emotions play right into their hands. That's right, this means that the teacher actually has to behave differently, and cleverly manipulate the school / classroom environment early on to 'circuit break' the student's known behaviours. This is such a hard act for teachers who believe it is the student who must be obedient and make all the changes! The goal here is to replace the student's 'problem behaviour' with an approach or setting that clearly encourages more 'constructive behaviour'.
Not all teachers have an equal capacity to manage tricky student behaviours. The PBSP framework has the capacity to legitimize what exceptional teachers already do, and embed a highly constructive process into the mindset of others. Every teacher needs time, input and safe, on-going opportunities to explore and firm up new mental models. They don't just happen! Just as we offer students constant training to increase their proficiencies, teachers desperately require the same continuing opportunities.