Workshop 1

Positive Teaching for Effective Classroom Behaviour Management

Positive Teaching for Effective Classroom Behaviour Management has been developed to train teachers in the skills and methods necessary for creating a positive learning environment and implementing a clear behaviour management strategy.

Most teachers are well aware of the importance of using positive reinforcement strategies in their classrooms to manage student behaviour. Our research indicates, however, that most teacher praise is largely focused on academic performance. Positive Teaching emphasises the importance of contingent praise related to classroom social behaviour which increases the time spent on-task, leading to improved academic performance.

What the workshop covers

Workshop 1 of the Positive Teaching course sequence introduces participants to a comprehensive behaviour management system designed to ensure students are ready to receive instruction, to help teachers to focus on maintaining maximal opportunities to learn and to facilitate an effective and positive learning environment.

The workshop covers:

Supported by research

Positive Teaching for Effective Classroom Behaviour Management is based on the extensive research of Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM and Dr Robyn Wheldall (Beaman) of Macquarie University and on the earlier research of Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Frank Merrett at the Centre for Child Study, University of Birmingham.

Research areas included identifying the most troublesome disruptive classroom behaviour in Australian primary school classrooms, observing primary teachers’ use of approval and disapproval for academic and social behaviour in the classroom, quantifying the effect of classroom seating arrangements on student time spent ‘on task’ and measuring the effect of implementing the strategies of Positive Teaching classroom behaviour management. Find out more here.

This research forms the basis for the classroom behaviour management system presented in Workshop 1.

Delivery mode

Positive Teaching for Effective Classroom Behaviour Management is available via self-paced eLearning modules, for educators to complete in their own time, or via a face-to-face workshop, either onsite at your school or via videoconferencing.

Each eLearning module includes video demonstrations and practical activities providing participants with opportunities to apply and consolidate their knowledge of the key features of the optimal approach to effective classroom behaviour management. Participants will receive immediate feedback as they work their way through the online training materials.

“I would recommend the Positive Teaching workshop by eLearning Modules for new and experienced teachers. The modules outline a comprehensive management approach to discipline, including step-by-step instruction, quizzes, and tutorial videos that outline practical strategies for immediate use in the classroom. This course explores a complete range of techniques based on empirical research enhancing learning outcomes for all students and assisting educators in understanding better the factors that influence challenging behaviours.”

Maria Kipriotis, Infants’ Coordinator | St Spyridon College, NSW

Bonus: Complimentary book for Workshop 1 participants

All registered training participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book Positive Teaching for Australian Primary Schools: Effective classroom behaviour management by Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM, Dr Robyn Wheldall and Dr Frank Merrett.


Teacher Quality Institute, ACT

This program has been accredited by TQI in 2021. Attendance provides 5 PD hours for ACT teachers.