Happy 10th Day of Christmas!!!
For today’s tips, I thought it would be good to give trainee teachers some tips for behaviour management. If you are thinking or are a teacher, some of these tips might be useful for getting your classes to settle a little quicker. They’re some quick wins that work for me as I don’t believe in shouting at students.
- Always wait until you have silence. I see many teachers in their first years of teaching and in their later years who allow students to talk over them. You always wait! If your school has sanctions in place, you use these. Do not let students talk over you. This can be done through some waiting, staring or some silent methods such as writing student names down on the board. You don’t even need to get in a discussion with them about what their name on the board means. You can say that you will talk to them at the end of the lesson and keep them guessing.
- Threats! If you threaten to do something, make sure that you do it. If you make a threat, make sure that you can carry it out! I have heard of teachers in the past who have said that they’re going to call home but fail to do this. If you fail to follow up a threat, the student will remember this. They are less likely to behave for you in the future because they know that you won’t follow it up. Make sure that you always follow things up.
- Using the room, do not teach from the front of the class. This is old and Victorian and it gives the students the opportunity to flock to the back or it also gives the students the opportunity to hide what they’re doing at the back of the class. Work your classroom. You should make your lessons a game. The students should never know where you’re going to settle. Make it unpredictable so that you can be all over the place and there is never room for them to mess about.
- Seating plans – Make sure that you always have a good idea of where your naughty and good students are.
- Technology Failure – It’s horrible, but you should always have a contingency plan read. Technology fails, what are you going to do when this happens. Your PowerPoint will not load? What are you going to do about it? Always have a plan of how you will deal with this. Do you have paper ready in your lesson regularly? Do you have pens or different coloured pens?
- When teaching difficult classes, always be prepared to give them multiple tasks. Research suggests and I know this from experience, the moment you keep students on one task for too long you’re going to have them misbehaving due to their attention span wandering. You must break down lessons into smaller chunks. I’ve seen schools where the behaviour has been bad for a number of classes but the minute Ofsted are in, the behaviours great because more teachers have thought about the tasks and have broken it down. These are the lessons that make a difference to the students. Don’t put on a show! Do it all the time!