Positive Behaviour for Learning

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a behaviour management framework that I have seen frequently in schools here in Queensland. What stood out for me in the PBL professional development video was the emphasis on being positive. Both speakers were energetic, funny, and humble – they personified the traits of how to use PBL in the classroom. They placed positive relationships at the core of successful PBL and classroom management, and as a beginning teacher this will be a focus for me. The spoon analogy was a very powerful one and one that I have seen mirrored in children’s literature in the idea of filling your bucket. The concept that we all (teachers and students alike) have limited resources and capacities and that these need to be nurtured is really important; teacher wellbeing is vital for student wellbeing. The idea of focusing on behaviours that I would like to see, ensuring certainty over severity with consequences, providing clear and explicit instructions and expectations and staying actively engaged in the classroom are all strategies that I took from the video that I will try and implement. I will also use the PACE techniques of patience, empathy, curiosity, and empathy in my practice to promote students’ security and to build the positive relationships with my students that will be vital for classroom success.

Image from The State of Queensland (Department of Education) 2023
https://behaviour.education.qld.gov.au/supporting-student-behaviour/positive-behaviour-for-learning/positive-behaviour-learning-classroom

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