(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 21, 2019: Primary schools teaching staff were enlisted in a training session last week, 14-18 January, focused on Positive Behaviour Management for use in the classroom as part of the Effective Schools SKN initiative.
Effective Schools SKN, a facet of the Child Friendly Schools initiative, was officially launched in May 2018 in the Federation. Since its inception the committee organized monitoring activities focused on the implementation of the program.
Ms. Amanda Edmead, Co-ordinator and facilitator of the workshops stated that these sessions were to reinforce what is already being done in schools, even though each teacher, implementing the framework in their own way, it requires a school-wide approach. “We decided to organize these workshops in order to ensure that all teachers were exposed to the strategies of implementing positive discipline,” announced Ms. Edmead.
The sessions were aimed to provide participants the tools to respond more holistically to behavioural problems, and to reinforce a reward system that most students respond to.
“During this workshop, each school worked on a behaviour matrix; that is, how behaviour is displayed in various areas around the school for example, at assembly, play areas and in the classrooms,” said Ms. Michelle Sutton, facilitator of the program. She explained that the participants also developed and in some cases enhanced their specialized reward system. “Another aspect of the positive behaviour plan is the reward system, how they (teachers) could establish reward systems on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.”
Effective Schools SKN is part of the Child Friendly Schools Initiative which was first introduced locally in 2011 in collaboration with UNICEF. The Framework promotes a student-centred approach to learning and is aimed at high quality education for all. It promotes a keen focus on behaviour management practices in classrooms, while emphasizing parental and community involvement in children’s learning.
Funding for the workshop was provided by UNICEF.
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