Summer Institute in Education will change to an online delivery for 2020.

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EDST 498A: Supporting Students and Learning Communities through Progressive Classroom Management Practices

July 27 – August 14 (Monday to thursday*)   9:00 A.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*with the exception of the week of August 3, where classes will run Tuesday to Friday instead


Overview of key topics to be addressed Classroom Organization, Management and Discipline focusing on the knowledge, skills and dispositions to create and maintain a supportive, healthy environment for student learning. Emphasis on learning about students, encouraging parental involvement and support, understanding multiple factors that influence behavior, using support personnel, establishing procedures that result in using instructional time effectively and developing a discipline plan based on research and personal educational philosophy.

The aim of this course is to encourage educators to draw upon a variety of theoretical frameworks (e.g., constructivism, behavioral theory, ecological theory, cognitive-developmental theory, social learning theory, etc.) to guide their interactions with students and their classroom practices. It is important for educators to develop competent behaviour management skills as issues surrounding behaviour management are often cited as a primary reason for teachers experiencing job-related stress and ultimately leaving the profession. In addition to examining proactive and reactive strategies to address challenging behavior, this class will examine how teachers can develop Active Empathic Listening Skills to reduce conflict, and foster a positive affective climate within classrooms as a means of encouraging prosocial behaviour among students.

Throughout and by the end of the course, students will have participated in the following learning outcomes:

  • Analyzed a case depicting challenging school-situated behaviour and crafted an informed response.
  • Compared and contrasted traditional versus progressive approaches to managing student behaviour.
  • Synthesized understanding from lectures and readings to develop a management philosophy and action plan.

John-Tyler Binfet

Dr. Binfet is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. He has two distinct research streams: 1) the investigation of kindness in school including how children, adolescents, and teachers understand what it means to be kind within a school context; and 2) the effects of canine-assisted interventions on undergraduate student well-being.

Dr. Binfet is the director of UBC’s Building Academic Retention through K9’s (B.A.R.K.) program. Founded in 2012, B.A.R.K. routinely sees 60+ therapy dogs brought to campus to support students’ stress reduction and overall well-being.

How to apply

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2020 – Aug. 2020.” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.