General Description:

Behaviour! As teachers, you have to deal with a variety of student behaviours on a daily basis. You can have the perfect lesson plans, great organisation, and even the best resources, but if you have one or more behaviour issues in your classroom; the classroom's entire rhythm can be thrown into disarray. Understanding the communicative intent of behaviour changes the lens from which you view behaviour and how to deal with it in your classroom. This course explores the language of behaviour and provides strategies to assist teachers to understand that behaviour and make the necessary adjustments to prevent challenging behaviours, but will also provide strategies to assist students to understand their own behaviour so that they may choose to make more appropriate choices.


Teachers and support staff.

Teaching Standards

4.3.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Manage challenging behaviour: Manage challenging behaviour by establishing and negotiating clear expectations with students, and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully.

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Understanding the Secret Language of Behaviour will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 3.5.3 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction

  • 2

    Module 1: What is Behaviour and What are the Types of Behaviours?

    • What is Behaviour and What are the Types of Behaviours?

    • Reflection

  • 3

    Module 2: How Can a Student’s Behaviour Serve as a Clue to What Lies Underneath?

    • How Can a Student’s Behaviour Serve as a Clue to What Lies Underneath?

    • Reflection

  • 4

    Module 3: Different Models Used to Create Positive Learning Environment

    • Different Models Used to Create a Positive Learning Environment

    • Reflection

  • 5

    Module 4: Positive Behaviour Models

    • Positive Behaviour Models

    • Reflection

  • 6

    Module 5: Behavioural Intervention and Functional Behaviour Assessment

    • Behavioural Intervention and Functional Behaviour Assessment

    • Reflection

  • 7


    • Webinar Slides

    • An-ecological-perspective-on-behaviour-fact-sheet

    • PBL_evaluation_tools_overview

    • Positive associations between school suspension and students

  • 8


    • Please take few minutes to give your feedback.


Karina Barley

Karina Barley

Karina Barley (PhD) is an internationally recognised educational consultant specialising in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist. Karina is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioural, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.In addition, Dr Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought-after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

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