We have all experienced a student who challenges us and pushes our buttons:

  • a student who consumes our waking hours and conversations with colleagues;
  • a student upon whom the atmosphere of the class seems dependent and the student who causes a sigh of relief when they are absent.

While there is no magic wand to make it all better, there are tried and true proactive strategies that can reduce inappropriate behaviours, and help you feel more confident and in control and allow you to get on with the business of teaching.


If you apply the following positive behaviour strategies, relevant for any age of student from pre-school to Year 12, you will reduce your anxiety and increase the student’s engagement and success in the classroom.


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