Parallel Stream Session
Thursday 13:30 – 15:00

Living well and Teaching well through Positive Education
Geelong Grammar School: David Bott

An essential element in the successful implementation of Positive Education is assisting staff to role-model the wellbeing principles espoused within positive psychology.  Staff at Geelong Grammar School, both teaching and non-teaching, are encouraged to nurture their own wellbeing through understanding their core values, enhancing their personal levels of resilience and developing healthy habits of wellbeing.

In this experiential and hands-on workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore six evidence-based strategies for living well, which in turn will assist in teaching well.  Each key strategy introduced is linked to the Geelong Grammar School Model for Positive Education.  Over the past eight years Geelong Grammar School has implemented their Positive Education programme within the framework of Learn It, Live It, Teach It and Embed It.  This workshop is devoted to the vitally important step of assisting staff to ‘Live It’

This workshop will allow participants to experience new knowledge and skills to enable them to continue their own personal wellbeing journey.  The techniques discussed in this workshop will also be considered through the lens of enhancing positive teacher-student relationships.

About David
David Bott, BA, PGradDip Ed., PGradDip Psych., is Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, where he has worked since 2013. David is responsible for overseeing the Positive Education curriculum from ELC – 12, including explicit wellbeing lessons, dedicated focus days, pastoral care tutorials and weaving key wellbeing concepts into existing academic curriculum. 

David also teaches VCE & IB Psychology and was the Head of Psychology for five years at Aldenham School in the UK. In 2011 David co-authored his first book, “Teach Positive: applying the science of positive psychology to the classroom”. David has delivered many professional development seminars and consulted with numerous schools in Australia and around the world. The particular focus of his work has been in highlighting the impact of positive teacher-student relationships on learning and identifying factors that facilitate outstanding teaching and learning in the modern classroom.  In 2014, David completed the Professional Certificate in Positive Education at the University of Melbourne and has subsequently lectured in this programme.