Student Behaviour: How To Decipher It's Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes

Karina Barley
Taking education into the 21st Century
Behaviour? What is it and how can understanding your students' behaviour make a difference to the running of your classroom?
Target Audience
teachers, teacher assistants, assistant principals, principals.
1 review

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

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.
Children behaving negatively can cause a myriad problems for all teachers and understanding these behaviours means that you will not only create a more harmonious classroom environment, but you will also be able to provide better learning experiences for ALL students.
This course explores childhood behaviour and provides strategies to assist teachers to understand and make necessary adjustments depending on that behaviour; but also to assist students to understand their own behaviour so that they may choose to make more appropriate choices.


teachers, teacher assistants, assistant principals, principals.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

There is nothing specific about this format.
All learning and activities will be conducted online.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


Start Date Location Availability Price    
01/06/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
27/07/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
25/11/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now


Module One: Introduction

10 minutes

Course Overview as well as how to navigate the Online Format.

Module Two: What is Behaviour?

1 hour

During this session, you will learn:
What is behaviour?
How is behaviour encoded?
Can children just be badly behaved because they can?
Why is it so important to understand behaviour, especially in the classroom context?

Online learning, videos, case studies

Module Three: Different Types of Behaviour

1 hour

What are the different types of behaviour?
Look at the history and research regarding behaviour

Online learning, videos, case studies

Module Four: How Understanding Behaviour can Make a Difference to Your Classroom

1 hour

What is the hidden language of behaviour?
Case Studies: Looking at case studies to develop more understanding

Online learning, videos, case studies

Module Five: Strategies to deciphering behaviour

1 hour

Knowing what the behaviour is telling us; how can you as the teacher adjust what you are doing to assist your students?
Practise strategies for understanding student behaviour

Online learning, videos, case studies

Module Six: Using other strategies to cater to improved behaviour

1 hour and 20 minutes

If we consider behaviour as a way of understanding our students, then it makes sense to use strategies that not only plans for behaviour, but builds in intrinsic considerations, so it’s important to look at:

UDL (Universal Design for Learning)
Personalised Learning
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Online learning, videos, case studies

Conclusion & Reflection

30 minutes

Reflection on learning

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Student Behaviour: How To Decipher It's Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Janet Shepherd on 24/01/2017

The course content is very useful in describing what behaviour is and how best to manage that behaviour. It is important to understand how your students tick and why they might be behaving badly. The strategies to manage behaviour are explained very clearly and the modules are excellent for thinking about the classroom environment and how to use positive reinforcement.

About the team

Karina Barley


Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing 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.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, 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, Ms. 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.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.