Practical Classroom Management

Advance your understanding of classroom management. Learn practical tools to create engaging classrooms.

Get effective tools to use in the classroom every day. Learn the latest best practice from author Ollie Lovell, who produces the popular Education Research Reading Room podcast, and Dr Mark Dowley, who’s worked with hundreds of schools to improve classroom instruction.

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Location Online

Session 1: Monday 18 September

Session 2: Monday 25 September

Session 3: Monday 2 October

Session 4: Monday 9 October

Time/s 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm AEST
Duration 6 hours (4 x 1.5-hour sessions) 
Registration close11.55 pm Sunday 3 September 2023
Prerequisite/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certification Certificate of Attendance
Fee/s $385.00 inc. GST

This short course is designed for primary and secondary school teachers and leaders  who want to create engaging and positive learning environments and maximise student outcomes.

Effective classroom management is key to happy and successful students and research shows that well-managed classrooms can dramatically improve student outcomes and teachers’ job satisfaction. By mastering practical classroom management teachers and educators can not only provide immediate benefit to themselves and their students, but become invaluable leaders and policy-makers within their school or organisation.

This four-week program provides best-practice knowledge and the most contemporary tools to help manage a variety of student needs and alleviate the challenges of behaviour management.

During the weekly 1.5-hour class, you’ll learn from respected education experts from the Crowther Centre including:

Ollie and Mark are also practicing classroom teachers with experience across multiple sectors and settings. Through real-life examples they’re able to offer more than what a textbook can provide – practical advice and actionable strategies that you can implement immediately.

Course content

You’ll learn practical tools to use in the classroom. Study in a supportive learning environment, mentored by our experienced and dedicated facilitators.

Each week will build on the last, with the 1.5-hour classes introducing you to an evidence-based framework for managing student behaviour and establishing a productive classroom environment. From the classroom to school-wide approaches, you’ll explore a variety of principles, techniques, and strategies that can help you better support students as they learn.

You’ll learn:

  • Week 1: Explore the underlying principles of classroom management. Including practical advice on entry routines, defusing debates with students and how to self-regulate as a teacher.
  • Week 2: Practical routines for gaining attention, transitioning between activities and having difficult conversations with students.
  • Week 3: Effective instruction with checks for understanding. How to monitor behaviour efficiently during independent work phases of the lesson
  • Week 4: Challenging behaviour. Explore how to work with challenging behaviours both inside and outside the classroom. Learn how to establish a school-wide support system for behaviour management.

Your study experience

All sessions will be presented live, with the sessions recorded for participants who are unable to attend.

Over the four weeks, you’ll be encouraged to engage with our academics and your peers through a range of materials and learning forums.

Your study commitment will be approximately 1.5 hours per week of online-class engagement, plus an additional hour of independent work.

To receive a Certificate of Completion to submit towards your annual CPD hours you will be required to meet activity and participation requirements.

Your facilitators

Dr Mark Dowley

Dr Mark Dowley is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Education at La Trobe University and is Associate Head – Staff Development and Instruction at the Crowther Centre.

Through his research role in the Crowther Centre, he explores how research can be used to build capacity throughout an organisation and improve outcomes for students and staff. He also facilitates an Instructional Coaching Network and has been acknowledged for his contributions to multiple books on coaching and staff development.

Mark has received awards for his teaching from VCAA and The Educator Magazine. His professional learning program was also the inaugural recipient of the international ‘Gold Award’ for professional learning and mentoring from Leeds Beckett University and received an excellence award the Australian Education Awards.

Mark completed his Doctor of Education and Master’s degree in Education Policy (International) at the University of Melbourne.

Learn more about Dr Mark Dowley.

Ollie Lovell

Ollie is the Director of Steplab Australia, working to support schools with the growth and development of their teachers and students through Instructional Coaching. Ollie is the host of the Educational Reading Room podcast, where he sits down each month with a world leader in education to discuss new learning. He is currently completing his PhD in self-regulated learning with Alexander Renkl and John Dunlosky.

Ollie is also the author of two, best-selling books in education: Cognitive Load Theory in Action and Tools for Teachers. He has taught in government and independent schools, currently as a maths teacher and instructional coach at Brighton Grammar School. Ollie is also an Adjunct Lecturer at La Trobe University.

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information


T: 1300 135 045


This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.