David started learning about education as a ‘low ability’ student at a Ballarat Primary School and then at a boy’s technical school. His report card usually read ‘talks too much’ and ‘not suited to all sports.’
Fast forward to today – David has over 30 years working with teachers and students in a variety of diverse educational settings undertaking and developing a wide range of roles. His classroom experience includes teaching almost all subjects and three years as a permanent relief teacher in inner Melbourne tested and developed his student management skills.
David is now the Director of Behaviour Matters he is recognised as a world leader in the development of school based Restorative Practice. He has pioneered the application of Restorative Justice in the classroom, corridor and playground to enhance, promote and repair relationships. With his colleagues Marg Thorsborne and Marg Armstrong, he has authored 5 books and training manuals about Restorative Practices and Classroom Circles.
Currently David is based in Melbourne working with schools as a consultant and loves running a wide range of school based workshops.
All who have taught with him would agree that he has the ability to ask all educators to think, to examine and to question; are there better or more beneficial ways of managing students than those we are using at present?