Classroom profiling was introduced to staff at Bowen State High School in 2008. It started slowly with one staff member trained, increasing in 2011 with another 4 staff undergoing training. Since these initial stages our journey has been an exciting and rewarding one for staff and students alike.
Currently Bowen SHS has 20 accredited Level 2 Classroom profilers with staff trained as Level 1 Classroom Profilers. This results in a culture of positive language and behaviour management practises across our school. We are proud to consider ourselves a profiling school and this is reflected through the commitment from our Principal and leadership team in supporting both financial and time requirements for staff to receive training and continue their development in the practice of classroom profiling.
Bowen SHS also has Classroom Profiling Instructors, who provide the school and cluster schools with access to high quality professional development across the school year. Having local personnel trained means we reduce time staff are out of classes and have a strong leadership team in classroom profiling available to support staff from day to day on campus.
Anyone interested in gaining accreditation as a classroom profiler can contact Mr Tim Close, Head of Department for Teaching and Learning on 07 47869 888 for information about future training courses.
The background of classroom profiling
The Micro-skills for managing behaviour grew from the introduction of the 6 to 20-day suspension process introduced to Queensland state schools in 1997. Christine Richmond and her team on the Gold Coast developed the Micro-skills in 1995 and Christine then presented the final training package around the state in a train-the-trainer mode in 1996.
The purpose of these micro skills were to ensure teachers were utilising a variety of positive supportive strategies in relation to effective learning and teaching. With the introduction of school based suspensions imminent, the Department wanted to minimize the number of students who may soon be introduced to the possibility of suspension as a consequence for inappropriate school behaviours.
In 1997, Mark Davidson, created a coaching methodology (Classroom Profiling) to ensure a greater opportunity exists for transfer of skills and knowledge into practice. Since this time classroom profiling has grown significantly beyond its original vision with many staff across the state available to train at all levels of accreditation programs, one of whom is based at Bowen SHS, and thousands trained other levels including classroom profilers and classroom profiling trainers. Mark Davidson has no retired from Education Queensland and Classroom Profiling is now run by the Classroom Profiling association.
What is classroom profiling?
Classroom Profiling is a voluntary process, which enables a teacher to reflect upon the effect of the teaching and learning strategies they employ in their classroom. A Classroom Profile is an A3 document that provides specific evidence of student behaviour and teaching strategies that are collected from an observer over a 30 to 40-minute period in any given classroom.
Through a reflection session and using state-wide data sets, a teacher is then able to make decisions about their practice with objective evidence, expert teaching knowledge and make the necessary adjustments to what they do. It is through this conversation that the greatest change takes place for teachers and their classroom practice.
The Profiler is able to be invited back over time to coach the teacher in doing the best they can for the students in their classrooms. The Micro-skills for managing behaviour and Classroom Profiling assist with the continuous development of creating and maintaining a supportive school environment for all school