Written in conjunction with a number of experienced educators from across special and mainstream education. The list of behaviour management strategies is not exhaustive. They should give you a good foundation on managing day-to-day behavioural issues. By habits we mean the day to day routines you develop in your classroom. Behaviour management in education is a key stress point and often a source of frustration to teachers.
Advice relating to behaviour management ranges from “Teach fun lessons” to “Zero tolerance for any infringement.”. The most effective teachers use a range of strategies and behaviour management techniques. The three key strategies relate to building relationships with the children, setting clear expectations and routines and maintaining a consistent approach.
Whatever you do teaching is a profession with the child at the centre of all we do. Your approach should reflect your values and ethos.
Essential Behaviour Management Habits
- Show the child they have value in your class.
- Develop a meaningful relationship.
- Build in opportunities to learn and practice social interaction skills.
- Teach a way to ask for space appropriately.
- Inform children of the structure.
- Develop routines and typicality so children know what to expect.
- Lead the class, you determine the direction of a task or lesson, if you want to go off plan do it.
- A Seating plan is only effective if you review it over the term.
- Clear expectations, reinforced consistently.
- Ensure you have designed tasks to be accessible to each child.
- Overt differentiation can destroy self-esteem
- Keep your voice calm and controlled.
- Do not underestimate how powerful silence can be in learning.
- Stop talking if you are spoken over, then address. Do not compete to be heard.
- If you say you are going to do it then do it!
- Praise is your gift to give. Use it wisely but generously.
- Maintain your composure and body language.
- Shame is not a behaviour management technique, it is abuse.
- Positivity should be unconditional.
- If behaviour hasn’t met expectations that session make sure you address it before the children leave.
- If you need compliance don’t frame the request as a question.
- Be where you should be on time
- Be prepared to start planned learning activities promptly.
- Pace and timing are subjective but used well can help with learning behaviours.
- Don’t have favourites, find a positive in each child.
- If you messed up admit it, apologise and move on.
- Novelty can lead to overexcitement, use it wisely and build up to it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Restart and reset if needed, whether that is the lesson or interaction with the child.
- Non-verbal signals and gestures can help reduce noise levels. Use your voice as a tool.
- Provide an exit if a poor behaviour has been shown.
- Only ever reprimand in private as much as possible, some children want that audience.
- Meet negativity with positivity
- You can change the situation to meet a need.
- Make time to find out what drives behaviour.
- Say Thank you before the do what you ask
- Address the child by their preferred name all the time.
I hope these are useful. Please feel free to add your own behaviour management habits in the comments.
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6 thoughts on “Behaviour Management: 30+ Habits of Effective teachers.”
Thirty sounds a lot, but they are all common-sense habits.
I love lists like these. Always little gems in there!
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