It’s your first teaching gig! How ridiculously wonderful and absolutely terrifying at the same time! At last you get to put into practice all that you have learnt for your very own students.
Here is a good way to think through how to develop routines that work for you and your students. What it usually means is that the teacher has invested time and energy into teaching the students the routines that they need to follow. This means that the teacher has decided on the behaviour they want to see in the classroom and designed processes that will work for the particular class.
Behaviour management that relies on rewards and sanctions is like using a typewriter instead of a computer. Your scope for success is limited. When schools and teachers are committed to educating the whole child, behaviour management processes are based on a pedagogical approach rather than simply carrots and sticks.
Here are 7 ways that mean you have high expectations for students and why that is a great thing!
It is not necessary for your students to like you, but it is very important that they think you like them! Relationships are the cornerstone of your work as a teacher; kids will work harder for you when they know you care about them. The Top Ten Mistakes Teachers Make with Student-Teacher Relationships....
Getting your students to do their work can sometimes be difficult! There are times when kids are disruptive or challenging because they are bored! A relevant curriculum combined with student-centred, engaging pedagogy, can go a long way to preventing off-task behaviour. Here are the top 10 mistakes teachers make.
Do your students always seem to be asking, ‘What are we meant to be doing?’ One of the biggest issues teachers have is how to get students to listen and follow directions, without having to repeat themselves. The secret lies in giving clear directions the first time. It can mean the difference between effective learning and time wasting confusion!
Why Punishment is Ineffective Behaviour Management Punishment/ Rewards; two sides of the […]
Do you ensure you have these 5 easy teaching strategies done to help reduce the off-class behaviour of your students?
We know that a student displaying constantly inappropriate behaviour and not effectively accessing the learning is a cause for concern. When the student doesn’t respond to your whole class expectations, reinforcements and consequences you may decide to work with them to develop an individual behaviour contract. Depending on the severity of the problem, parental support can also be enlisted to implement the plan.
Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a conflict with a student that began with a minor issue that blew way out of proportion and ended in the student having a meltdown, the principal being called and perhaps the student being suspended? Many teachers have been in this situation and it is not a happy place. It can feel like things are out of control and you are heading down a path you wish you never started. You simply asked the student to put their hat away and now there is a broken window, a cut hand and this is not what you signed up for. Low-level behaviours require low-level responses.
While your name may be the sweetest sound on earth to you, when it is overused in a negative tone, there is no sweetness! I have heard teachers use a student’s name over and over in a vain effort to have them comply with directions - to stop or start doing something. The teacher’s voice becomes white noise - the target student is not listening and the rest of the class is annoyed and also switching off. Being creative and using a variety of non-verbal ways to manage student behaviour and gain student attention can avoid this pitfall and save your voice: