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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds We’re so pleased to have you on the course. This behavior management course is going to look not at a thousand strategies that live one moment and die the next, but at the technical aspects of behavior management that are so critical to teachers in our subjects. We’re going to look at some simple ways to tweak your existing practice. We’re going to look at how to deal with learners who fall off task, who engage in low level disruption, and who disrupt your teaching. But we’re also going to focus on the vast majority of students you work with who are dedicated, well-mannered, and diligent in their work.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds This is a five week course with video clips, audio files, quizzes, and most importantly, some action research so you can test out some of the ideas I give you with your students in your context. Thanks for finding us. And I really hope you enjoy the course.


Welcome to the Managing Behaviour for Learning course from the National STEM Learning Centre, created in partnership with Pivotal Education.

Over the next five weeks you’ll be shown how to transform the behaviour of your students. You’ll learn how to take control, build positive relationships and begin teaching your students the self discipline they need in STEM subjects.

This is a practical course. We will not delve deeply into theory of behaviour, but will focus on what you need to know to manage and improve the behaviour of your learners. Each week will focus on a different aspect of behaviour management and to be successful in this course, you should plan to spend approximately 3 hours each week working on the course.

Obviously, at this time many schools and colleges in the UK and around the world are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We hope this course will be a useful opportunity to reflect on the approaches you adopt in your classroom usually, and to prepare for when schools and colleges reopen.

At some points the course will look at working at the sharp end - how to survive and thrive in difficult environments. Even if you are not in this situation at the moment, the emphasis you need to have on calm consistent practice in this environment is good practice in every school.


What is your motivation for joining this course?

Click on ‘comments’ at the bottom of this page and introduce yourself and your role.

Describe the kind of educational establishment you teach in, the main subject and the age range that you teach and what you hope to get out of the course.

Please remember both here and throughout the course that you should not identify your students or other individuals in your comments.

Q&A with the course educators

We are delighted to answer a selection of questions from learners on this course as part of the Q&A in step 3.1. The first Q&A will be with the STEM Learning Subject Expert Team. Post your questions to step 3.1 by 23 October 2020. The second Q&A with a special guest expert will be on step 5.1. Post your questions to step 5.1 by 23 October 2020.

Course support

The course team from the National STEM Learning Centre will be on hand between 14 September - 1 November 2020 to support you throughout each week of the course. After the supported period, please feel free to continue commenting and sharing ideas with other learners.

Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza will be your mentors on this course, discussing the course content with you and helping you make the link between the content and your practice. Jane and Yeasmin will record video diaries based on course discussions, allowing you to catch up with the course and recap the key ideas.

To get the most out of this course for your professional development please take a look at our Study Guide and the Course Map (which relates to the self-audit task later this week).

Keeping track of your progress

When you complete a step on the course, click ‘Mark as Complete’ at the bottom right. This helps you keep track of your progress. Mark over 90% of the course steps complete and you’ll be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement when you Upgrade.

STEM Learning is the UK’s leading provider of subject-specific professional development for teachers and technicians in STEM subjects. This course applies to many subjects and is complemented by our Science of Learning course which looks at the educational neuroscience behind how we learn, and our secondary science classroom management course. Further details about how we can support your ongoing professional development are in the final step of the course.

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