A Pro-D Day? Presentation for Teachers: Front End Teaching

The LIFE team, Daintry Van Cleave, Human Resources Consultant and Dr. Allison Rees, have been conducting a research project which started in January 2015.  This project consists of five questions that are asked of brilliant and experienced teachers, educational assistants, occupational therapists, counselors and psychologists.  This research focuses on issues related to “self-regulation” and challenging behaviours with the purpose of finding out what works and what doesn’t work in the classroom.  The research is being compiled and blended with the LIFE material to create a helpful resource booklet that is simple and practical.  We are excited to be introducing our findings.

Teachers benefit from learning about temperament so that they can recognize antecedents and manage them as well as focus on a student’s strengths.  Just like parenting, there is no cookie cutter method that applies to every child.   While this might sound like a tall order for teachers, teachers are spending time on this whether they want to or not.

Pro-D days can vary in length with longer times allowing teachers more experiential learning.  The presentation covers:

  • Understanding Your Student
  • Temperament
  • Antecedent Management
  • Review of Anxiety
  • Working with Distractibility
  • Practicing Safe Communication
  • Verbal Coaching
  • Rolling with Resistance
  • Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving
  • Strategies: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Managing and Understanding Feelings


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