Building a Positive Behaviour Classroom


Matt White


Hi, I am a Learning Supporting Coordinator at a secondary college in Sydney. I have a passion for inclusive education and see the classroom teacher as the key. I am currently doing my professional doctorate exploring interventions that support students with learning difficulties. I have presented at a number of conferences and I have a online education site,, aimed at providing online professional development courses for teachers. I am always looking for enthusiastic and qualified new team members to assist with the development of content and lead courses. If you would like to join the team please send me an email.


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Welcome to this course in Building a Positive Behaviour Classroom.


Course level - Graduate and Proficient Teachers

Course Duration - This is a self paced course (approx course time 6- 8 hours)

This course draws upon evidence based practice to provide participants with a holistic approach to creating a positive behaviour climate in your class. The course is structured around four key themes:

Understanding Behaviour: There is not one golden set of rules or guide book to managing student behaviour so throughout this course you will be developing your personal approach to building a positive behaviour classroom. For if we are working towards building and maintaining positive behaviour then we can avoid being forced into reacting to behaviour.

Developing a Positive Foundation: During this Part of the course you will examine your personal beliefs and perceptions regarding student behaviour in your classroom. You will learn about developing the right frame of mind before entering your classroom. You will learn strategies to overcome negative mindsets and manage stress when faced with difficult behaviour.

Promoting Positive Behaviour: Promoting positive behaviour in your classroom should be founded in developing relationship. Every interaction you have with your class will either build or erode the relationship you have with your class(es). As the teacher you need to establish that you are the person leading the class. Therefore, it is important that when you first meet a class you convey quickly your expectations and routines. Research of student perception towards teachers' effectiveness tells us that students respect those teachers who promote, through their actions, clear consistent expectations.

Intervention: During this unit you will explore a range of strategies to meet challenging behaviour. You will begin this unit by developing a knowledge of functional analysis towards understanding student behavior. As is the message promoted in the first unit behaviour does not occur in a vacuum a range of social, emotional, psychological and environmental elements are at work that you as the teacher may be uninformed of. The message that is promoted throughout this unit is non- confrontation. You can address challenging behaviour without eroding the relationship you will have developed with the student.



  1. Four Quizzes based on each unit
  2. Two short tasks to consolidate understanding
  3. 8 forum Posts based on guided topics




AITSL Outcomes

4.3.1 - Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour.

4.3.2 - Manage challenging behaviour by establishing and negotiating clear expectations with students and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully.

Course Outcomes

Unit 1- Understanding Behaviour

1.1 - Demonstrate an understanding of a range of approaches and theories related to managing behaviour.

1.2 - Develop a personal approach to managing behavior.

Unit 2 - Building your personal foundation for a positive classroom climate

2.1 - Demonstrate knowledge of the importance critical reflection is as a tool in developing positive personal attitudes, strategies and behaviours.

2.2 - Understand the impact teacher disposition has towards managing student behaviour

2.3 - Develop a positive efficacy towards managing student behaviour

Unit 3 - Proactivley promoting positive behaviour

3.1 - Understand the importance of communicating a concise set of classroom expectation

3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of practical strategies that promote positive classroom behaviour

3.3 - Demonstrate knowledge of positive communication strategies that build positive behaviour

3.4 - Demonstrate knowledge of strategies that promote an inclusive classroom

Unit 4 - Positive behaviour interventions

4.1 - Demonstrate an understanding of a functional analysis for addressing problem behaviour

4.2 - Demonstrate knowledge of positive communication strategies when addressing challenging behaviour

4.3 - Demonstrate understanding of practical strategies for addressing challenging behaviour.


Course content

  • Understanding Theoretical Approaches Towards Managing Behaviour

  • Positive Teacher Dispositions Towards Managing Student Behaviour

  • Critical Reflection in Building a Positive Behaviour Classroom

  • Strategies That Promote Positive Behaviour

  • Addressing Difficult Behaviour

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis to manage difficult behaviour

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