Classroom behaviour management – a straightforward approach (1)

Ok lets make a start on this area – I have had many emails asking me to clarify various aspects of behaviour management in the classroom, so lets pull things together and see how to go forward.

Firstly a quick recap of previous blog posts. In these I have looked at setting up a system of class monitors to help with a variety of tasks in the classroom. I have also talked about “raising your expectations” for the children’s work and setting in place the quality and quantity of work that you now expect  – and in addition we have looked at systems for basic classroom organisation.

The basic requirement of behaviour management in your classroom is organisation

If you have been following my blogs then you will have either put into place my recommendations or your own version using the same or similar principles.

Ok here’s my next statement that you need to think about – don’t just read it and forget…give it a few minutes and consider it.

99% of all children are responsible for their own actions.

Thought about it??

Lets spin it around………..

99% of all children choose to act in the way that they do.

This should have marked ramifications for the way that you regard behaviour management in your classroom because it says that “the child is choosing to behave in the way that they are exhibiting”. Once you realise this then you can start to adapt your behaviour management strategy to address this.

So the child that shouts out….the child that throws a rubber….the child that keeps breaking their pencil on purpose….the child that makes silly noises – all done by choice.

Addressing the Issues

Its quite straight forward really and it reflects what we have already been putting in place.

As a teacher you set in place your expectations right across the board – what you will accept and what you will not . We have already discussed this in relation to work done and also what happens when the expectations are not met.

So we simply extend this to behavioural expectations. Now its not possible to guide the class through every scenario of behaviour ( work expectations are much easier) – however children will have been made aware of the “basic class rules and school rules” (they generally are similar across most Primary schools) and children also know what is acceptable behaviour and what is not.

The basic premise is then –

If you choose to behave in a negative way then you ALSO choose to accept the punishment for that behaviour.

Its quite easy and straight forward…the children know the behaviour expectations for the class and school. They also know the sanctions that will be applied if these expectations are not met.

Simple straightforward and applied each and every time ….without fail.

In my next blog we will look at just how to put a structure in place that works on this system.

Keep smiling


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