Presentation on theme: "Redbank School is located behind Westmead Hospital and is part of a combined DET and Dept of Health facility for the treatment of children and adolescents."— Presentation transcript:
Redbank School is located behind Westmead Hospital and is part of a combined DET and Dept of Health facility for the treatment of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or psychiatric difficulties. Students attend Redbank School for periods ranging from one week to two terms. They have a maximum enrolment of 48 students. Redbank has three units: the Child and Family Unit (K- Year 6) the Adolescent and Family Unit (Years 7-12) the Acute Adolescent Unit (a locked ward for adolescents with a severe psychiatric illness)
3 Professor Lori Newcomer Research Professor at the University of Missouri 35 years experience in education Provides training across USA, Canada & Australia on school-wide systems of Positive Behaviour Support
Teaching can be tough and full of the unexpected!
6 Behaviour Reduction Strategies Apply consistency Use the power of proximity Make direct eye contact Use a soft voice Be firm and anger-free Link the consequences to the expected behaviours Never accept excuses or bargaining
7 Avoid the Negative Trap Criticism Arguing Ridicule Sarcasm Despair and pleading Threats Physical force
Dr Christine Richmond Experienced teacher of students with severe behaviour challenges Appointed as a National Travelling Scholar in 2007 by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Held of academic positions at UNE and Bond University Now, in private practice where she works with school communities in Australia and NZ Author of:
Maximise your energy Look after yourself: Exercise Sleep Well-balanced diet Limit alcohol Get the ‘big picture’ perspective
Reframe difficulties See yourself as a coach of learning See the class as a learning team Not successful…. YET! It’s about to change. Develop key phrases with the class Identify strengths in individual students
11 Language shifts From:To: noisy chaotic horrible awful difficult enthusiastic energetic They keep me on my toes. awesome Yes, but what isn’t?
Correction Strategies 1.Mostly use body language cues Eye contact → I see you Smile → I like you Stand side by side → proximity (effective when student is off task) Touch (appropriate) → e.g. hand shake
13 2. Frequently use pre-planned verbal scripts For example, ask a disruptive student: 1.What are you doing? 2.What should you be doing? 3. Do you need help to do it?
14 3. Sparingly apply consequences Time out brief Detention catch-up work Sanction temporary loss of privileges
15 4. Always follow through More easily said than done, however, essential to build credibility and to establish the message, ‘I mean what I say’.
2. Reacting emotionally rather than responding intelligently Know your own temperament & develop a strategy to calm yourself e.g. 3 deep breaths. Live by the rule, ‘if in doubt wait it out’. Seek support from your colleagues.
3. Playing power games Inevitably you will find yourself in the middle of a power struggle with a student from time to time. How to extricate yourself? Recognise when you are playing. Stay calm and say (either out loud or to yourself), ‘I’m not playing that game!’. Move to somewhere else in the room and redirect the focus.
4. Asking students why they continually misbehave This will not help! Instead: Seek support from colleagues Work as a team Never give up
5. Blaming parents, television, society, or planet alignment Some parents, for many reasons, manage their children poorly. However, rather than laying ‘blame’, ‘attempt to understand’. ‘By teaching well you will positively create change in more lives than you will ever know.’ Christine Richmond