Positive Behaviour Management Workshops

Two special days led by Barbara Kaiser


Meeting the Challenge:

Understanding, Preventing and Responding Effectively to Challenging Behavior

Friday October 30th

Have you ever responded to a child’s challenging behavior and realized that what you were doing wasn’t working, but still kept doing it? Or worked with a child and after you had finished your interaction/intervention realized what you did was not effective?

Why would you keep doing something even if it didn’t feel right or have the desired outcome? You can respond effectively to a child’s challenging behavior when you have the appropriate knowledge, strategies, and skills.

When you understand yourself and the child and what behaviors push your buttons you are in a much better position to respond effectively. When you recognize that a child’s challenging behavior is rooted in biological and environmental factors and not a desire to ruin your day, it becomes possible for you to figure out what the child needs to learn in order to succeed. By bridging the gap between research and practice, and bringing together information drawn from neuroscience, psychology, and special education this workshop will help you understand why a child behaves in a particular way, making it much easier to meet those needs and effectively manage inappropriate behavior using evidence based prevention strategies.

You will learn the basic facts about challenging behavior and strategies for preventing it, addressing it effectively, and teaching alternative appropriate behaviors.



Bullying Behavior:

What You Need to Know and What You Can Do About It

Saturday October 31st 9:00 -12:00

What is bullying? Why do kids bully? Who are the children who engage in bullying behavior?  Who are the targets of bullying behavior? What is the role of the bystanders? Bullying happens everywhere, whether the school or the classroom is large or small, urban or rural.  This session highlights research and best practices in defining, preventing, and intervening when bullying behavior occurs. It will help educators understand the importance of creating a safe and caring environment , explore the difference between bullying and other forms of challenging behavior, and help them to develop the skills to intervene effectively when bullying occurs.


Differentiated Instruction

Saturday October 31st 13:00 -16:00

Children feel competent and are able to succeed when the learning environment meets their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs. A child with challenging behavior dares you to examine your teaching style and program. If you can meet a child’s needs before challenging behavior becomes necessary, you will enhance his self-esteem and allow him to begin to think of himself as a person who is capable of success. Differentiated instruction means starting where the kids are rather than adopting a standardized approach to teaching that seems to presume that all learners of a given age or grade are essentially alike. This workshop helps teachers to learn how to plan varied approaches to what students need to learn, how they will learn it, and how they can express what they have learned. 


The workshops will take place at the ABB Oerlikon office which is a very short walk from Oerlikon Station. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The fee for each day is 500 CHF, 250 CHF for half days on Saturday. Please use the registration form to register your interest.

The workshops are designed for teachers, teacher assistants, counsellors and leadership.





Girl with applesBarbara Kaiser

A graduate of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (MA Curriculum and Policy Studies), Barbara Kaiser has worked for over three decades as a teacher and education consultant.