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What Is It About Me You Don’t Like? Practical Classroom Management Strategies that Help Minimize Challenging Behaviours

Day Two: The Toronto Educators' Conference

Presented by Kathy Morris, M.Ed.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019  |  Toronto, on

Date & Location

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – Wednesday, May 1, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Quality indicators for an effective classroom include: teacher behaviour (tone of voice, volume, cadence, verbal and nonverbal communication, para verbals), environment (physical structure, schedules, routines, expectations), instruction (boring vs. stimulating, age appropriate vs. non-age appropriate, hands-on), and student behaviour (function of behaviour attention, power, revenge, avoidance). This workshop is based on current research that supports how the brain responds to these indicators, especially when a student is in crisis, as well as current research on mental health. This is not a “sit and get” workshop. Demonstrations, real life videos, practice, sharing, movement and time for reflection will be provided.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

  • Targeting Diverse Learners in the Classroom – Who Are They? Why These Strategies are for ALL Students
  • Critical Components, Teacher Behaviour, Teaching the Way They Learn
  • Classroom Environment
  • Positive Behaviour Supports
  • Meaningful Instruction and Learning Strategies
  • Student Behaviour

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify target behaviours that are developmental and will most likely go away vs behaviours that will most likely continue to get worse over time
  2. Identify effective communication strategies from ineffective ones in order to minimize undesirable behaviours
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design a classroom that promotes goals of intended instruction for different areas of the room
  4. Demonstrate the ability to design stimulating lessons that engage diverse learners
  5. Adequately demonstrate power struggle avoidance techniques with students exhibiting challenging behaviours
  6. Identify the functions of a student’s behaviour by focusing on one’s own reaction to the behaviour
  7. Describe how to troubleshoot breakdowns in your own classroom, school or therapy environment
  8. Identify 3 visual tools you can use to help minimize disruptive behaviours

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Kathy Morris, M.Ed.

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., has been a speech therapist, teacher for self-contained programs (including students with autism, severe behavioural difficulties, and cerebral palsy), resource teacher and first grade teacher. She was also a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels. She was a LIFE Skills/autism/ behaviour/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business in 1999. Her business, igivuWings, has reached families and educators throughout the world,. Kathy has had over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioural difficulties.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 1.866.932.7058 with the group name Jack Hirose and Associates or the group code JA1134

Guests can also book a reservation online at :

Traditional rooms for $199.00 plus tax a night.

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrolment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrolment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrolment $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (13% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 16, 2019
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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