Classroom Organisation

Know your behaviour strategies

Module 2

Sharpening your skills

To establish and maintain your leadership role in the classroom

  • Maximise the amount teaching time
  • Promote quality learning opportunities
  • Have positive expectations about your ability to manage classroom behaviour
  • Promote positive and professional teacher-pupil relationships
  • Learn how to set clear rules in class
  • Identify and teach your classroom rules and routines so that pupils learn how to behave
  • Identify your preferred consequences
  • List your rules and consequences in a hierarchical order
  • Use your rewards to promote positive behaviour and quality work
  • Recognise and praise improving personal and social development skills
  • Learn how to set limits for certain inappropriate behaviours in class
  • Take the initiative. Act early to deter inappropriate behaviour
  • Focus on the primary behaviour ie. the behaviour that is the most concern
  • Do not respond to secondary behaviours eg. shrugging of shoulders, face pulling, sighing etc
  • Introduce a simple system for recording and monitoring individual behaviour concerns
  • Be prepared to stand firm and apply classroom consequences, as and when needed
  • Focus on the behaviour not the person, whilst maintaining your awareness of pupils’ individual needs
  • Avoid getting into a public debate with a pupil behaving unacceptably it is usually much more effective to find a later opportunity to remind them of your rules and expectations without an audience of pupils
  • It is alright to declare your ‘absolutes’ eg, no bullying, no racism or sexism, no violence or dangerous behaviour. Be ready to define these and say why they are not acceptable. Recognise that some pupils may need to be taught alternatives and given time to change behaviours that have been acceptable elsewhere