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Recordings of QuEST 2021 and 2022 online courses

QuEST short courses 2022

Classroom Management Series 2021

Classroom and behaviour management are complex challenges – rarely does a school day unfold the way it was planned. This session will look at classroom and school routines and their role in creating positive, safe and inclusive learning environments and minimising off-task behaviours. Despite disruptions routines can encourage calm and safe learning environments. The presenter will focus on the importance of relationships and encouraging students to take appropriate responsibility for what is happening both in the management of the class and in their own learning.
The classroom is a dynamic environment that can range in volume. Creating a calm environment can help ensure that students are able to interact positively and stay focussed on the learning task at hand. In this session the presenter will explore how to use students' strengths to drive learning and engagement and how to work while creating a calm and supportive learning environment. Creating a calm environment enables the teacher to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all children in the classroom.
Despite our best intentions students can often choose behaviours that have a negative impact on the classroom environment and those within it. As such educators need a tool kit of things to think, say and do to address these behaviours firmly and fairly, so that relationships are maintained, and expectations reinforced. This session will support teachers in their approach to classroom management including practical tools to create healthy expectations, establish productive learning relationships and focus on the teacher’s role in achieving this.
The complexity of creating a safe and supportive learning environment for students is socially and emotionally demanding of teachers. Recognising the triggers that can escalate and create disruptive situations will help lead to the creation of productive environments. The focus of this session is in recognising the warning signs and intervening before behaviour escalates and becomes very disruptive. Gaining an understanding of strategies to deescalate, manage challenging behaviour, and redirect undesirable behaviour will allow students to remain engaged with their learning.
Teaching is about relationships. When we build strong and effective relationships with students, they feel safer and are enabled to take chances in their own learning. Having a good rapport also creates more connection to the class and can lead to a happier environment that increases engagement. This session will explore techniques that you can use with your students to build rapport and create a safe and engaging learning environment.

Classroom Practice Series 2021

Formative assessment and continuous assessment of student learning can be perceived as time consuming when it is seen as an added on task. However, when it is done well and with careful planning it will lead to more effective teaching and improved student outcomes. Strategies for remote learning put into place during COVID-19 lockdowns also provide useful adjustments to incorporate into mainstream classroom practices. This session will explore techniques to streamline assessment processes, including student self-assessment, peer assessment and in-class observations which can increase efficiency and time management to ensure assessments are effective and engaging.

Knowledge of Student Series 2021

"Developing boundaries for your professional workload is essential skill to become an effective teacher whilst still enjoying a social and family life. This session will: 1. Invite you to reflect on how you use your time and to identify areas where you can achieve a better balance. 2. Invite you to examine the practices in your school - e.g. does the available support enable you to manage your workload? 3. Encourage you to be active in managing workload expectations at an industry level by working collectively When workload management is considered at these three levels, you can develop the practices you need to remain an effective teacher, living a balanced life
Teachers invest a lot of personal energy into their work. It is important for all teachers look after themselves and realise that self-care isn’t selfish. This session will discuss easy ways to build self care practices into daily life such as mindfulness and expressing gratitude which can help increase your ability to regulate emotions, and can decrease stress, anxiety and depression. These techniques can then be introduced into your classroom and support your students to develop mindfulness and gratitude. This session is a must for all teachers following the complex year we experienced with COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.

Know Your Students Series 2021

Positive Mental health is a critical component to developing student’s wellbeing. Teachers have been asked to broaden their practice to include student wellbeing as part of the teacher and learning in class. In the current COVID19 normal environment schools need to be aware of the wellbeing not only of students but also ourselves and our colleagues. This session will identify strategies that you can implement in your classroom with students, as well as ideas for looking after yourself and your colleagues. Having ideas ready to implement will help you understand your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you.
Students across primary and secondary settings often have strong views on teaching, learning and the day to day school experience. When these perspectives are acknowledged and integrated into the functioning of the classroom students can take ownership with improvements in learning outcomes, engagement and wellbeing. Providing students with the opportunity to guide their learning can also increase a sense of ownership and connection to the classroom. This session will explore the concept of student voice and agency in the classroom, and opportunities for all teachers to connect with student voice and increase student agency.
As students of today regularly interact on the internet on a variety of social platforms. The effects of trauma can manifest in different, unexpected ways and show up at surprising and often inconvenient times. Supporting students who have experienced trauma appropriately requires a special approach and attention to the detail of decisions made in how to handle situations. This session will focus on supporting teachers to understand the different types of trauma experienced by students and to identify effective strategies that will help manage the resulting behaviours.
Schools are essential community hubs that bring people together from a wide range of demographics. Interactions often reflect the issues that are occurring in the wider community. There has been an increase in the scrutiny of examples of toxic masculinity throughout society and still remains an issue that underlies some behaviours that teachers have to face. As teachers we have a responsibility to engage in this conversation and then take steps in our schools to respond appropriately. This session will open that conversation and suggest some steps that teachers can take in response to expressions of toxic masculinity.
Over the last few years there has been an increase in numbers of students who are suffering from anxiety and depression in today’s classrooms. These issues often create a barrier for students to learn or achieve their full potential. These barriers can be frustrating for the teacher and the student and can often lead to the student further isolating from the school community. In this session we will explore techniques that you can use when you are working with students who suffer from anxiety and depression, helping you to reengage the students while they address their health concerns.
Classroom practice that encourages and responds to student’s feedback creates more opportunities to engage students in their learning. This also creates a sense of ownership and responsibility in the work they engage with. This session will explore techniques for implementing student feedback strategies in the classroom and identify how responding to this feedback can improve professional practice. Incorporating these strategies into classroom practice can help to create a positive climate for learning which encourages all students to engage in and drive their own learning.
With increased awareness of mental health disorders in society it can be tricky to recognise and understand the various issues that people may be facing and how to deal with these issues when they occur. In this session we will unpack and explore different aspects of mental health that may be faced within a school environment and discuss appropriate guidelines around how to be a first responder and to provide effective and helpful support.

Leadership Series 2021

This session will support new leaders in their approach to managing challenging conversations that occur within the school community. The presenter will focus on practical conflict resolution skills to manage these challenging conversations.
An essential skill for leaders in education settings, at the heart of our work as teachers, is the ability to lead instructional practice. This session will summarise key approaches of instructional practice, enable you to reflect on your own teaching practice and explore skill development with your team.
In accepting the idea of leadership as narrative you are asked to think about how your own narrative connects with the narrative of others in your team. Leadership as a narrative assumes that we are dealing with the whole person who has their own story, with all of its detail and complexity. The people we seek to lead are not just teachers and not just employees; they are a whole person with a narrative, and for whom work is only part of that narrative. In this session the presenter will offer participants a series of reflection and practical activities to use in their leadership role.
To lead and understand others we must first understand and be able to lead ourselves. This session will focus on how your internal triggers, your thinking habits, your typical reactions and your brain all help or hinder your daily experience. This session will equip you to be more mindful of your thinking habits and tendencies and how these impact your daily experience. You will consider your colleagues and your interactions in a whole new way and better understand the responses, reactions and behaviours of others, through knowing yourself more deeply.

Student Engagement Series 2021

Teachers of students at all levels and ages have an obligation to include Aboriginal content and perspectives in the classroom. This session will explore opportunities that are available for teachers to integrate Aboriginal content into daily teaching routines. This will include resources, people, stories and content that can assist teachers to build student awareness. Building the confidence of teachers in using Aboriginal content will lead to more inclusive learning environments for all.
Catering for students effectively means providing learning opportunities and support for their current achievement level. When teachers and students understand the subtleties of Indigenous relationships and communication styles then learning becomes a partnership and creates engagement. This session is designed as an introduction to further develop teacher's understanding of protocols that influence curriculum and teaching and learning approaches for indigenous education and inclusion in mainstream schools.

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