the Interactive Guide to
for Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers
Know your classroom consequences
The aims of this unit are:
- To introduce appropriate consequences to manage pupils’ behaviour
- To help create a classroom environment in which pupils know the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.
- To help you appreciate the importance of helping pupils to reflect upon the consequences of their behaviour.
Consequences are, quite simply, the opposite of classroom rewards. They should be applied consistently by the teacher when individual pupils refuse to conform, and more importantly, disturb the flow of teaching and learning.
Consequences do not have to be severe to be effective. It is always worth remembering that it is the certainty of a consequence that is more important, than the severity, and that short term consequences are more effective than long detentions.
In this unit you will be introduced to a set of classroom consequences where pupils lose individual privileges, depending on the level of concern.