Unless you explain your expectations, it’s wrong to assume that pupils will accept them. … Read More Tip #10: Explain why bad behaviour is bad.
Transitions strike fear in the heart of many teachers. They hold the potential to make or break lessons and it’s all too common for them to introduce chaos and stress into the class climate (Ofsted, 2013; TALIS, 2013; Bennett, 2017). Taking a step back and watching transitions will help you to identify any emerging issues and… Read More Tip #9: Transitions: step back to get on track.
How much do you really see when teaching? How many children do you miss when you do look? Knowing what to look for and where to do it from allows you to quickly halt behaviour issues and spot struggling pupils. Consider this quote about an experienced teacher: ‘After trying to give eye contact to students… Read More Tip #8: Become a classroom-management issue sharp-shooter.
Fidget toys have got a bad rep but they work if you communicate your expectations clearly and enforce ruthlessly.… Read More Tip #7: Fidget toys: good. Poor expectations: bad.
Sit in every seat in your class to truly understand your pupils’ physical environment to enhance your learning climate.… Read More Tip #6: Sit in every seat to experience a pupil’s-eye view of your classroom.
Apologising after you’ve messed up in class can quickly restore trust if done correctly. The guidelines here should help.… Read More Tip #5 – Gain trust by apologising when you mess up in class.
Using memorised ‘consistency scripts’ reinforce behaviour expectations and reduce time and stress when addressing issues.
Arranging your tables in individual or paired rows will reduce distraction and promote concentration and independence.… Read More Tip #3 – Rows beat groups for a focused, independent learning climate.
Micromanage wisely to develop trust and excellent outcomes in your class/… Read More Not a dirty word: micromanagement might be just what your class needs.
What do you do if a pupil goes into a rage? Describing their body language to build awareness could defuse a tense situation.… Read More Tip #1: Upset pupil? Describe their body language to help them calm down.