Engaging students and managing behaviour: facing the challenges of Language classrooms

This session will focus on developing an Action Plan to support Language teachers to manage student behaviour and work towards getting them actively engaged in learning. The session will look at common issues from three angles: the planning phase, addressing student behaviour in class, and designing of activities to optimise engagement of difficult students. Across these three areas, there will be discussion of approaches to preparation and lesson planning to reduce potential for misbehaviour, simple strategies for de-escalating situations and managing difficult students, and types of activities and tasks that help to prevent and overcome some common causes of misbehaviour. There is no magic solution, but the aim of this session is to provide teachers with simple and easy-to-implement strategies, and a clear action plan for a troublesome class.


50-word bio

Sarah consults to schools and organisations in a range of areas, including Differentiation, Special Needs, Gifted Education, Curriculum Planning, Assessment and Feedback. Sarah facilitates short and long-term projects, tailoring objectives, workshops and ongoing support to the needs of the teachers with whom she works. Sarah oversees VET Applied Language programs in Victoria and interstate.