Based on the work of Dr. Bill Rodgers, behaviour management guru, we have put together a quick list of ‘10 simple steps to managing a cohesive classroom’ that you can use and share with colleagues to share best practice:
- Take pupils back to the original behaviour before dealing with, or getting distracted by, secondary behaviours.
- Be consistent. Display rules clearly on classrooms walls and then draw children’s attention to them when needing to keep them in check.
- Use emotionless responses to manage inappropriate behaviour that is escalating.
- Reinforce positive behaviour through phone calls and notes home.
- Clearly set out rules, routines, learning habits and rituals for those who are becoming difficult to manage.
- Make sure everyone, including parents, understands the consequences of inappropriate behaviour.
- Link behaviour to a consequence when speaking to pupils. So, if you do this (stay focused on a task, for example), you will be praised. However, if you do this (eat at your desk), you will receive a sanction.
- Don’t judge yourself too harshly if you don’t get it right every day. Aim to be better tomorrow.
- Don’t call for high level sanctions for low level indiscretions, as ‘crying wolf’ like this may diminish support from colleagues when it’s actually needed.
- Issue and implement sanctions on the same day, so a child can start the next day with a clean sheet.
Have a great term.