I recently got this book as a present ‘Getting the Buggers To Behave’ by Sue Crowley. I haven’t read all of it yet but here are some extracts to help if you are faced with shall we say, challenging behaviour.
- Be definite
- Be aware- ask the teacher before tp if there are any problems you need to be aware of in the classroom.
- Be calm and consistent. Use the same management system every day.
- Give the children structure. A timetable on a large poster paper with the daily timetable will ensure all children know what they are and will be doing, and hence reducing off task behaviour.
- Be positive. Don’t expect bad behaviour from a child solely because the teacher told you to watch out for him/her!
- Be interested. Show an interest in their lives and hobbies, even if it’s discussing the merits of the members of 1D!
- Be flexible. If a child has a good and solid reason for not doing their homework, then maybe just accept it and ask them to do it the following night instead, or over the weekend.
- Engage them. If you can capture the attention and interest of a whole class, then you may just keep them on task.
- Wait for silence. Do not speak unless you have silence! It is so disrespectful. I used to make a HUGE deal over this, act all shocked and horrified if someone interrupts you, don’t let it go!
- Give them ‘the choice’. Do they want to do their work, or do they want to do extra at home?
- Be reasonable, but don’t reason with them!
- Set targets and time limits. If work is not completed within a reasonable time, then they do it as extra homework.
- Put yourself in their shoes! I used to always do this..don’t forget what it’s like to be a child, to be trying to impress your peers.
- ****Whatever you do, do not resort to sarcasm. It is the most humiliating thing you can do. I can’t stand sarcastic people!***