Feb 21, 2019

Managing Challenging Behaviours in the Classroom

Mal Hand, Swinburne TAFE

Why does it feel like 10% of our students occupy 90% of our attention?  Why are so many of these interactions around disruptive behaviour? What are our students getting out of this style of interaction? Is it a sign that they are avoiding facing learning difficulties? Or are there broader underlying issues that are being transported into our classrooms?

In this Masterclass we’ll use our collective experience and best practice to unpack why our teens are so often difficult to manage in our classrooms.

Mal has developed a cogent behaviour modification methodology that she’ll share with the workshop participants. This methodology examines why students present with challenging behaviours, and how we, as their teachers, can hone our strategies to mitigate these negative behaviours.

It’s Mal’s intention that everyone leaves this Masterclass with not only a new way of viewing disruptive behaviour, but also armed with a show bag of practical tricks of our trade that can immediately be applied to establish and maintain a positive learning environment for all of our students.

Mal Hand has spent her life working with teenagers – as a Secondary school teacher of English and Maths; as a youth worker and as a foster parent.

She has been teaching VCAL since its inception and teaches all strands of the program. She is a passionate VCAL teacher, who willingly shares her knowledge, skills and materials with all practitioners. This year Mal has participated in the Target Numeracy Group, trialling the new Numeracy program that will be rolled out in 2019.

Mal has an abiding interest in adolescent wellbeing. She is also a published author, writing under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Margaret. Mal considers herself very fortunate to be able to use her teaching and youth work skills to assist these resilient young people with their challenges on the journey to adulthood



Cancellations and substitutions: Cancellations notified in writing prior to the event incur a fee of 50%; otherwise no refund is given. Substitutes are welcome at any time.

Venue: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Time: Registration opens 9.00 am, session commences sharp 9.30am – 3.00pm

Max numbers: 40

Fees: Members $240, Non-members $300

Morning tea and lunch provided.