the Interactive Guide to
for Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers
Case studies: Low level behaviours
Bobby Jo makes inappropriate remarks
Sharpening your skills
Bobby Jo’s shouting can cause the noise level of the whole class to increases. You will need to
- Be patient..it takes time to change behaviour that has become a habit
- Arrange Teacher Pupil Interview with Bobby Jo before next lesson
- Use this opportunity to explain your concerns and the importance of being co-operative with others
- Explain that other children want to work in a quiet classroom
- Emphasise that other people have feelings too
- Review your seating plan. Sit Bobby Jo near to the teacher's desk or with the Teaching Assistant
- Introduce the class to the Table Talk principle, where a voice should only be heard by pupils on table
- Introduce a volume control dial, maybe a poster eg.
0 = we are all working quietly.
1 = table talk only.
2 = question and answer/discussion.
3 = too loud.
- Introduce an individual points reward system. If Bobby Jo meets her tally of positives discuss a short term reward
- Introduce a simple points reward system for the ‘quietest table’. Rewards can accumulate over the week
- Praise Bobby Jo for being good so that she gets attention for appropriate behaviour
Introduce a Wave 3 strategy eg
- Use a Behaviour Monitoring and Evaluation sheet to record the frequency of inappropriate behaviours
- Identify the primary behaviour that is most cause for concern
- Continue to pattern that behaviour eg. niggling and personal comments
- Be aware of the potential for bullying
If concerns continue
- Speak to Bobby Jo’s Form Tutor, your Mentor, or Team Leader
- Consider involving parents. Get them on board
- Consider using a Home-School Diary, if concerns continue