We spoke to Martin Barwise, author of our Managing Behaviour resource, about key concepts for managing behaviour. Martin is assistant headteacher at a large comprehensive school and is involved in initial teacher education through a range of providers.
I firmly believe that ... effective behaviour management is based upon developing positive relationships rooted in mutual respect - building credit in the emotional bank account.
As the Developing behaviour management content for initial teacher training (ITT) report by Tony Bennett, Chair of the ITT Behaviour Review Group says, developing positive relationships with students right from first impressions and practising methods for staying calm can create foundations for defusing difficult situations.
Martin agrees, pointing out that:
... first teaching ensures that students are motivated to learn, less likely to be distracted and demonstrate challenging behaviour.
Another key part of behaviour management is establishing clear expectations and routines in the classroom: these 'ensure that classrooms are well ordered and students know what is expected of them'. If students know what they are expected to do when they come into the classroom, eg get their books and sit down quietly, there will be less opportunity for disruption. Similarly, if the whole class agrees on a set of classroom rules, then misbehaving students can be reminded that they chose and agreed to the rules.
The Bennett report also recommends that trainee teachers are taught strategies and interventions for de-escalating difficult situations and resolving conflict. Managing Behaviour introduces the intervention staircase, a concept of increasing sanctions starting at a simple verbal or non-verbal reprimand and a redirection of unproductive behaviour. Methods of praise and rewards are also discussed as key to reinforcing good behaviours.
Another key part to developing behaviour management techniques is watching others. The Bennet report recommends classroom observations and room for reflection. Managing Behaviour supports this by suggesting particular things to think about when observing a lesson, and provides opportunities for reflection on different aspects of practice.
Available for phones, tablets and the web as part of our CPD Library, Managing Behaviour is available at all times for trainees and staff to remind themselves of key concepts or revisit reflections, as well as providing remote progress monitoring for CPD managers.
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