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about 3 years ago by Christina Weldai

Behaviour Management Tips

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Imagine how much easier your teaching role would be if you were able to set standards for appropriate behaviour from the start of the year?

Here, we have listed a number of tips that we feel will help you to manage behaviour in the class, whether you are a Teacher or Support Staff:

  • Make sure you are familiar with the behaviour policies and ethos of the school

  • Build relationships with students, while staying calm and consistent

  • Establish clear boundaries and expectations with your class early on to limit the chances of the behaviour escalating.

  • When the students arrive to the classroom, greet them with positivity

Address these behaviours early on:

  • Talking when teacher/others are talking

  • Fiddling with equipment (pen tapping etc.) Heads on desks

  • Not looking at the teacher when they are talking

  • Carrying on with work when told to stop

  • Hands in pockets

  • Sitting back on two legs of the chair

  • Turning around to talk to others

Some more tips:

  • Introduce a tactical pause when you notice low-level behaviours. This is for you to stop whatever you are saying or doing, until those behaviours subside.

  • When giving an instruction, say thank you rather than please. This puts you in a position of authority as it implies that you know they will follow instructions and are thanking them in advance.

  • Have the students take responsibility for their own actions, ask the class to reflect on their own behaviour during that given task or lesson.

  • Reach out to parents to discuss how the student is getting on at home – this could also help to get an understanding on where the behaviour may stem from.

  • If you make a mistake – apologise! Remember that you are modelling appropriate behaviour for your students.

  • Set clear expectations, and stick to them. Along with this, make sure that you take time to continually reinforce and highlight those expectations.

  • Lastly, make sure you are providing praise. You still want the class to be a positive environment to support their learning, and for students to feel appreciated.