2-Day Virtual POPARD Super Workshop
Feb 4 & 5, 2021 9:00am-3:00pm

Increasing Student Cooperation

Lack of student cooperation leads to a decrease in learning, negatively impacts social relationships with other peers, and may result in physical harm to staff and/or other students. It is crucial to teach cooperation as it is a foundational skill required for learning, developing social skills, and independence as adults. Relationship quality may be a key factor influencing problem behaviour. Research indicates that when rapport is poor, levels of problem behavior are high; when rapport is good, levels of problem behavior are low. However, when rapport is improved, decreases in problem behavior and increases in task completion are observed.

This two-day introductory workshop will help participants develop a basic understanding of how to gain student cooperation and the underlying reasons why students may engage in escape motivated behaviours. Evidence-based strategies for increasing a student’s ability to follow instructions will be discussed. Participants will walk away having learned strategies that promote gaining student cooperation.

Audience: This workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, resource teachers, learning support teachers, case-managers, and other professionals who are not yet familiar with interventions to increase student cooperation in the classroom. The workshop is particularly beneficial for those who can attend as a school team (e.g., the classroom teacher, case manager, and EAs for a student with who engages in high levels of escape and avoidance behaviours) and for those districts who are interested in participating in POPARD’s Student Cooperation Training (SCT).

February 4 - 5, 2021

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