07. Attitudes and Behaviours for Learning (AB4L): A Professional Development Program to Offer at Your School

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The Attitudes and Behaviours for Learning Program (AB4L) is a staff development program for conducting in-house by a member of staff to relevant teachers.

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Professor Michael E. Bernard and Margaret Milne

Target Audience

Teachers of primary and lower secondary students, particularly teachers of students struggling with reading


This program is designed for teachers to help students become aware of and learn attitudes and behaviours that they need to stay engaged with classroom activities, including small group work and homework.

Published research indicates that the AB4L teaching program strengthens students’ attitudes and social-emotional skills needed for engagement, cooperative learning, independent classwork, and homework and improves reading comprehension of students in the lower 50% of achievement.

Goals of the AB4L Professional Development Program:

  • To increase knowledge of the role students’ attitudes and social-emotional skills play in their engagement and learning
  • To learn about a group of attitudes and behaviours for learning that research indicates has a major influence on student engagement in learning and the development of their literacy, numeracy and other academic skills.
  • To learn how to integrate the AB4L program in literacy, numeracy and other key learning areas to increase student engagement and achievement.

AB4L Teaching Practices Integrated Throughout a Classroom Lesson

  1. Develop the positive mindset of students
  2. Share with students the goals/targets of the lesson and have them set their own learning goals.
  3. Identify behaviours for learning.
  4. Discuss positive and negative self-talk for learning
  5. Communicate behaviour-specific feedback for learning

AB4L enables a student to:

  • Begin their lessons with a positive mindset
  • Set a goal for what they want to learn during the class period
  • Apply behaviours for learning throughout lessons and during homework (e.g., staying calm when they don’t understand what the teacher is explaining, raising their hand to answer a difficult question; staying on task and not being distracted by others when working independently)
  • Employ positive rather than negative self-talk when faced with schoolwork that is hard or when making mistakes

The program includes an online guide providing information and handouts for holding staff development sessions at school and a video presentation demonstrating the background and content of the program, including the different AB4L teaching practices.


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