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Managing Behaviour for Learning

Maintain discipline and transform your classroom with one of three courses for teachers from the National STEM Learning Centre.

73,396 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

This free online course is for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, focusing mainly on the context of UK schools and colleges. It aims to help you learn how to maintain discipline when dealing with unruly students. Although the course draws from examples experienced in the UK, the material covered is relevant to an international audience (and to non-STEM teachers).

Understand Managing Behaviour for Learning in theory and practice

Through this course you will:

  • manage your own behaviour to influence the behaviour of your students;
  • use rules and routines to achieve consistency;
  • use of recognition intelligently to motivate students;
  • reduce friction when students behave badly;
  • and become familiar with reparation and restorative practice.

Enjoy your teaching more

As the course progresses you’ll be encouraged to try Managing Behaviour for Learning in your classroom and laboratory, actively reflect on what you discover in the process, and share your experience as part of the course discussions.

You’ll also be invited to read some of the research literature about Managing Behaviour for Learning. Your learners will gain as a result - and you’ll enjoy your teaching more.

Learn with behaviour management specialist Paul Dix

This course has been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre. It gives you the opportunity to learn with Paul Dix, a leading voice in behaviour management in the UK and internationally, and co-founder of behaviour specialists, Pivotal Education.

Continue learning with the STEM Teaching program

This course is one of three in the STEM Teaching program - a suite of high-impact professional development from the National STEM Learning Centre. Completing the program will enable you to master different elements of STEM teaching and earn a FutureLearn Award as evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD).

About the National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The Centre is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility based at the University of York backed by an unrivalled team of experts in the fields of education and STEM.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Hello. I’m Paul Dix, Behavior Specialist at Pivotal Education. I’m here to talk to you today about a brand new, free online course from the National Science Learning Centers that is focused on improving your behavior management skills, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. I’m going to show you how to harness the power of your own behavior to dramatically improve the behavior of your students. I’m going to show you how routines are central to establishing clear and high expectations of your students. And I’m going to show you how to intervene with poor behavior with techniques that protect you and protect the dignity of your students.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds I’m going to show you, through this course, how the techniques can benefit your students, how recognition should be central to your classroom or laboratory technique, and not reward, how a clear and purposeful learning environment can be established through clear boundaries, and how we can deal with tricky customers with real flair. The benefit of studying this course for your school is that you can have STEM teachers who are employing a consistent approach to managing behavior. This means calmer classrooms, less fallout for senior and middle managers, and most importantly, calmer teachers. I’m going to show you how to deal with your trickiest customers alongside your most diligent students and create real fairness in a classroom behavior management system.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 seconds This course is completely free to attend. It’s run online, and it’s 15 hours of taught time. It’s going to allow you to do some action research in your classroom, in your laboratory. You’re going to be able to develop resources that are useful today, tomorrow, and into the future. And most importantly, you’re going to be able to develop techniques to use in your context that really work with your students. I look forward to seeing you on the course.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Managing your own behaviour to influence theirs

  • Controlling yourself
  • Impact of adult behaviour
  • Stopping short of your full range
  • Interacting with students

Week 2: Using rules and routines to achieve consistency

  • Routines
  • Rules
  • Habits

Week 3: Intelligent use of recognition to motivate students

  • Notes home
  • Recognition or reward?
  • Phone calls home

Week 4: Reducing friction when students behave badly

  • Diverting and diffusing
  • Scripted interventions

Week 5: Reparation and restorative practice

  • Punishments
  • Restoration
  • Reflection

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess how your own behaviour influences the behaviour of your students
  • Apply rules and routines to achieve consistency
  • Apply recognition intelligently to motivate students
  • Demonstrate how to reduce friction when students behave badly
  • Develop reparation and restorative practice.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for English-speaking teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and FE colleges. It’s also relevant to trainee teachers, teacher trainers, those thinking about a career in STEM teaching and developers of STEM-related course materials.

It is a continuing professional development (CPD) course for people who, in the main, have a degree level qualification, or who are in the process of obtaining one.

Who will you learn with?

I trained at Homerton College, Cambridge and have taught, managed, and succeeded in a wide range of
schools and colleges in challenging circumstances. I co-founded Pivotal Education in 2001.

Head of Network at The National STEM Learning Centre and Network. I have 24 years experience in education as a chemistry teacher, senior leader and Head of Science in a variety of schools.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Learning on FutureLearn

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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