Confident behaviour management is a skill that is not acquired overnight. Working with defiant behaviour can be as Jacqueline Howlett states in her latest blog, downright terrifying. Is there an easy answer? No, unfortunately not, but experience builds confidence and skills in analysing appropriate actions to take, language to use and, learning what makes students “tick”.
Understanding students’ learning (dis)ability and using their interests to make learning connections can be helpful. Trying to make school a place they’d like to be can be very challenging and comes down to trust. Minimising the length of instructions and using their interests to ‘negotiate’ learning through, e.g. “when you write this sentence, then you can spend (x amount of time) reading your new book”. Even though this is a great strategy, like any, it doesn’t always work and this can make it difficult to stick to your guns, but consistency and a fair consequence create predictability. Then there’s always the “picking your battles issue”, or as my SEP teacher would say “don’t sweat the small stuff”.
Effective behaviour management is about staying calm. For a hot head like myself, not always an easy task, and about being consistent and fair.
What effective behaviour management strategies do you use in your classroom?