Pulling the Plug on Power Struggles

Presented by: Greg Mitchell

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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The Strategies that work for teachers and executive

Power struggles develop when students:

  • Refuse to follow the rules,
  • Fail to accept a consequence, 
  • Trash the rules and
  • Decline to accept the consequences, And do all of this ATTITUDE.

Some students are actively defiant and challenge authority at every turn, while others are quietly hostile, refuse to talk or do their work.


These students are about two to five percent of your school population yet the take up huge amounts of time, take over all discussion about behaviour and are constantly handballed up the chain of command until they end up in the office for most of their school days.

This workshop looks at how to how you can prepare for when kids push your buttons and shows you the options for

  1. Prevention Strategies such as greeting the student everyday like you are pleased that they are there. (Even when you aren’t!)

  2. Interventions Strategies like how to dismount from the hostility cycle!

  3. Defusing Strategies by recognising the statements are detonators and questions are tranquilisers.

  4. Challenging Strategies Like the private-three-step that gets students thinking about their behaviour rather than arguing with you.

This workshop is extremely practical and will provide you with a wealth of strategies to try and a framework for reviewing progress.

* This is an extremely useful approach for dealing with power-struggles with parents and teachers too.

Event Details:


Tuesday 29th October, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Batman's Hill on Collins
625 Collins Street, Melbourne

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Target Audience: Primary & Secondary Teachers.

  $279.00 + GST

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About the Presenter:

Greg Mitchell has taught every year level from year one to year twelve in his teaching career and has a wealth of teaching insights, ploys, methods and resources to share on teaching and learning. He now does teaching demonstrations with classrooms throughout Australia. His aim is to demonstrate to both teachers and students how it is possible to engage everyone in learning by using a mixture of planning, resources, tactics, skills and strategies.

Greg suffers from enthusiasm and a great desire to share all of his resources with as many teachers as he can.


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