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Keys to the Positive Classroom Workshop - 1 Day - Sydney

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Learn key theories, concepts and research-validated practices that support teacher and student wellbeing and performance.

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This workshop aims to support teachers and school leaders in their efforts to strengthen classroom practice by upskilling participants in the key theories, concepts and research-validated practices that support teacher wellbeing and performance, and the wellbeing, engagement and achievement of students.

In seeking to equip teachers with knowledge to improve their professional practice, this workshop recognises the strong evidence-based links between classroom climate, teacher-student relationships, and effective learning. It aligns with current school and educational system priorities in Australia and beyond, expressed for example in the NSW Department of Education's Wellbeing Framework for Schools, which states that student learning occurs best when students are actively connected to their learning, have positive and respectful relationships and experience a sense of belonging to their school and community; and are respected, valued, encouraged, supported and empowered to succeed.

Research, for example by Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock (2010), affirms that the individual classroom teacher is an important influence on student engagement and learning, and therefore improving teachers' professional practice may be the most effective lever available to school leaders to raise student engagement and achievement.

Positive relationships between teachers and students are central to creating and maintaining supportive and safe learning environments, and the key to positive academic and non-academic outcomes (Whitton et al., 2016, p. 243). Since teacher capacity to build positive relationships reflects teacher wellbeing, it follows that encouraging teachers to adopt evidence-based Habits of Wellbeing drawn from the field of Positive Psychology (Seligman, 2011) is likely to yield benefits both inside and outside the classroom.

A further contribution from Positive Psychology is the recognition that individual self-esteem, engagement and performance is improved through a focus on what is strong, rather than what is wrong. In other words, highlighting, growing and leveraging one's Character Strengths has been shown by Peterson & Seligman (2004) and by Lea Waters, author of The Strength Switch (2017), to significantly contribute to individual engagement and achievement, and is a now common practice in positive schools.

In addition, different researchers developing theories on human motivation and engagement (for example, Deci & Ryan's Self-Determination Theory and Glasser's Choice Theory) have identified stable psychological needs underlying intrinsically motivated work, namely a sense of competence/success, sufficient autonomy/freedom, and a sense of belonging amid positive relationships. These needs provide a valuable framework for the reflective teacher seeking to optimise student learning in their positive classroom.

Learning objectives

At this workshop, participants will engage in professional learning to:

  • Update their knowledge of the Elements of Wellbeing as identified by Positive Psychology researchers, and reflect upon how they might better protect and develop their own wellbeing as a lever to improve their classroom climate, strengthen positive relationships and increase student engagement and achievement
  • Update knowledge of the nature and benefits of the Strengths approach to wellbeing and performance
  • Gain hands-on experience identifying personal strengths using the VIA Character Strengths survey
  • Develop knowledge of immediately applicable strategies to leverage character strengths in the classroom to improve professional practice for improved student engagement and achievement
  • Update and increase their knowledge and understanding of psychological and educational theories (such as Broaden-and-Build Theory, Self-Determination Theory and Choice Theory) and concepts (such as Growth Mindset and the Pygmalion Effect) relevant to highly effective teaching practice, including updating and increasing their knowledge of psychological needs that must be met for student engagement and relational learning
  • Reflect upon how their current professional practice intentionally provides a supportive and engaging environment for student learning, and steps they might take to immediately improve professional practice to enhance the wellbeing and achievement of their students consistent with their school and Department priorities

Workshop feedback

"Very intuitive, informative and well presented. I thoroughly enjoyed today. It was the best 5 hours of training I've had for years. Thank you!" — Veronica Miller Waugh, Wellness Officer, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School

"An excellent workshop with essential knowledge and strategies to develop emotional intelligence. Excellent access to resources and information to be able to develop effective action plans for class and school." — Lauree Lanyon, Deputy Principal, Glenmore State School

"A worthwhile day. Lots of information clearly presented and takeaway resources able to be implemented immediately in the classroom." — John Crossland, Assistant Head, The Rockhampton Grammar School

"I am excited and inspired. The workshop really spoke to me. It was easy to listen to and be involved and engaged. Thank you!" — Ann-Maree Gehle, Student Wellbeing Teacher, Clinton State School

"It's great to get some skills to foster staff and student wellbeing, and to be proactive in managing student behaviour through recognising and developing strengths. The content was delivered in an accessible, easily understandable way." — Tayla-Hogan-Spruce, Teacher, Gladstone State High School

Workshop structure

The workshop is delivered over one day from 8:50am - 3:10pm.

  • 8:30am - 8:50am: Arrival tea and coffee
  • 8:50am - 9:00am: Introductions
  • 9:00am - 10:00am: Module 1: Nurturing teacher wellbeing
  • 10:00am - 10:20am: Morning tea
  • 10:20am - 12:20pm: Module 2: Growing strengths
  • 12:20pm - 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Module 3: Keys to student engagement
  • 3:00pm - 3:10pm: Workshop evaluation

Workshop presenter

The workshop is presented by Robert Ritchie.

Rob founded Positive Difference with the mission to deliver comprehensive, research-validated training to optimise individual and organisational wellbeing, performance and leadership capacity. Through Positive Difference, Rob has helped hundreds of teachers update their knowledge and improve their professional practice to the benefit of their students and colleagues.

Rob's strengths are his capacity to see the big picture to draw connections between research fields; synthesise complex research findings into clearly structured frameworks and immediately applicable actions; and share this knowledge in a warm, inspiring and highly engaging way. His VIA signature strengths are perspective, judgement, honesty, creativity and humour.

Rob holds a Master of Education degree, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. He is also an accredited practitioner of CAPP's Strengths Profile.

Workshop inclusions

Recognition of learning

Participants will receive a Statement of Attendance for 5 hours of professional development addressing Standard 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher accreditation. Additional hours of professional development may be claimable for:

  • Completing a VIA Character Strengths Profile before the workshop
  • Watching video lectures and reading scholarly articles in a Professional Development Library after the workshop

Completing this workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Ongoing support

Participants will be provided with 6 months access to a Professional Development Library containing resources to consolidate and extend their knowledge of the workshop content, and to use for training purposes within their organisation. These resources include:

  • The workshop's PowerPoint presentation
  • Video lectures by key researchers in the field of Positive Psychology
  • Scholarly articles

Other inclusions

  • A professional workbook
  • A pen and writing pad
  • VIA Character Strengths identification
  • 24 strengths cards
  • 30 gratitude cards
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • All-day beverages

Learn more about the workshop at www.positivedifference.com.au

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