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News Top 10 behaviour resources
Whether you need a golden rules chart for your classroom wall or some new ideas for calming a noisy class, here are our 10 must-read behaviour resources
Some great ways here of maintaining a positive environment in your classroom from teacher and behaviour expert Paul Dix. Paul offers reminders of being a positive role model for your class, so treating them as you would like to be treated and the benefits of handing out praise and rewards. He also touches on the importance of acknowledging even the quietest member of the class (and they can be so very easy to overlook if you are coping with a couple of demanding pupils day in, day out) and making sure you start everyday with a clean sheet so no lesson starts as a grudge match.
This resource may be billed as tips for NQTs but there are some really useful ideas that could help any teacher who is feeling a little overwhelmed in class or has moved to a new school and needs to establish their authority. Author of this resource, Paul Dix, advises NQTs to take time to look at the other staff in the school and identify the teachers who are truly respected by pupils and replicate what they do. Triangulate praise says Paul. This is a posh way of saying although you may have praised a child and rewarded them for something you may need to get that praise further endorsed by a more senior member of staff. Also make positive phone calls home to parents and send positive notes; you'll be amazed how it helps you to develop your relationship with parents who all too often see teachers as the bearers of bad tidings only.
Former deputy head Rob Plevin offers some sound advice in this resource to teachers who are feeling stressed out by their classes and how they can regain control of their classroom by using some of his simple techniques and looking at his strategies for maintaining a work-life balance. Rob also reveals in this resource the secrets of good time management which he used when working in school because he is a self-confessed 'messy thinker.' He firmly believes good time management leads to good behaviour management. Not all of Rob's advice will be for you but there are plenty of pearls of wisdom to pick and choose from, including a whole section on how to deal assertively with requests from SMTs.
The seven deadly sins of the classroom: defiance, making silly noises, abusive language, refusing to work, being disrespectful, acting the clown and interrupting. Most teachers will come up against one or more of these on a regular basis and this resource examines the possible cause for the behaviour but also offers a range of strategies for handling them calmly and effectively.
Pupils on the autistic spectrum can pose a particular challenge to teachers; especially those who are new to the profession or who haven't worked with a child with autism before. But as this guide from the Autism Education Trust explains there are a wealth of strategies that can be used to help make the experience a positive, calm, rewarding and empowering one for all concerned.
Behaviour management flashcards available to download and print off in red, amber and green with appropriate facial expressions. Laminate and use to quietly reward or warn pupils in your class.
Chemistry teacher and former head of department Jim Baker came up with a strategy for getting great behaviour from his students when they were in his science lessons, and these documents relate to that but could easily be adapted for any lesson/class. Jim includes ways to set out the rules to pupils making sure the reasons for the rules are clearly explained and the consequences of breaking them are also described. Also included are science star cards which can be printed out and given to pupils, notes explaining why a student has been removed from a class and even template letters to parents.
This is one of the most popular resources on the Guardian Teacher Network resources site. There are loads of interesting and innovative strategies in here for getting silence from a noisy class including whispering, counting down, invoking the spirit of Elvis and deploying an army of secret agents. This one would be an absolute must read for anyone contemplating supply teaching but some really useful strategies for anyone who fancies trying something new in class to go from rowdy rabble to silence in a blink.
Need a template to display your class rules? Well look no further. These golden rules come in a Word format so can easily be edited to include the rules of your choice and then all you need to do is print them off and display them clearly in class/corridor/cloakroom.
Looking for a way to show your class they are sitting, listening, looking and being quiet then download these simple and colourful posters. You could display them in class, adapt them for use on the whiteboard or have them as handy flashcards. Ideally suited for primary pupils they are a great way to offer positive praise in class.