Behaviour Management Strategies to help Educators in the Virtual Classroom

11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m.

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Ms. Sherika Lawrence, Mrs. Teemars Spencer Aitken

Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville

Ms. Sherika Lawrence is a Special Education lecturer at Church Teachers’ College. She has over 20 years teaching experience and has worked with students at the secondary level with mild-moderate learning disabilities and challenges.

Ms. Lawrence possesses a teaching diploma from Church Teachers’ College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Science Degree in Special Education both from Nova South Eastern University.

She is very passionate about the holistic development of children with special needs. It is her goal to contribute to future developments in the field of special education to ensure that students with special needs are given a fair opportunity to maximize their true potential to achieve their social and educational goals.

Mrs. Teemars Spencer Aitken is a trained Speech and Language Screener Administrator serving the Jamaican education system for over 13 years. She is currently a Special Educator/ Intervention Teacher at the Educational Assessment and Intervention Centre at Church Teachers' College: Mandeville. 

She has a Diploma and a Bachelor’s degree from the Catholic College of Mandeville. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Administration with Temple University in the USA.

Mrs. Spencer Aitken holds national certification in Special Education from the Mico University College and certification in Dyslexia Screening from San Francisco University Training Institute. She has earned a distinction in Counselling from the UWI and International Certification in teaching students with Autism (Autism Pro) from the Triumphant Behavioural Health Agency in the U.S.A.

moderated by

Dr. Sandra Hamilton


The Covid-19 Virus created a shift in how educators approach the teaching learning process. Our method of educating our nation’s children has moved from face to face to the virtual space. This is a challenging situation for learners and educators.

This presentation will focus on:

  • Defining behaviour management

  • Identifying some of the behavioural challenges faced by educators in virtual teaching environments

  • Research data to show the impact of negative behaviour in the virtual classroom

  • Evidence based strategies that can be used to assist educators to manage behaviour in virtual classrooms thus enhancing the teaching and learning process