During professional practice 2 I have use a range of behaviour management strategies to ensure consistent good behaviour is maintained. The class is very active and like to talk and so it was essential I used the right strategy right from the beginning.
House points – If the children are well behaved and listen to instructions etc then they can be awarded house points. These encourage all the children to behave as wanted as they want to get the most. The children put their house points on the chart and then a year 6 will come around on a Friday and add up the whole schools before updating each house’s total number of points.
Countdown – This is a good way to get the children to move quickly and stop talking. As soon as the children hear you begin to count down they immediately begin to tidy up or move faster to complete the activity. This is usually for getting a whiteboard or for sitting down on the carpet. It is a good way to also get the children’s attention whether this be inside or outside it works in both environments. All of the children within the school are familiar with this meaning it is consistently used throughout the whole school.
Although not necessarily behaviour management strategies the below do impact on the children’s behaviour as they want to achieve a praise postcard or be nominated for good work assembly and so it is a good way to motivate good behaviour in and out of the classroom.
Good work assembly – The teacher selects one child per week to be put into good work assembly. This can be for anything for example good work in a subject, improved attitude to learning, Most improved child etc. All the children want to be put into good work assembly and so it encourages the children to listen and not to mess about during lessons.
Praise postcard – The teacher selects a few children per week to receive a praise postcard that is sent home. This is so parents/guardians can be notified of the amazing work the children are doing in school. Alike good work assembly it encourages the children to listen and want to do well as they all want to get a postcard sent home. It helps to increase attitudes towards work and behaviour within and outside of the classroom.
Below are some ways that they manage the negative behaviour. These are seen as sanctions and consequences.
Time out – If a child behaves in a way that is not acceptable they are put in a lunch time, time out. This is a place and time for them to reflect on their behaviour and think what they should have done. One teacher sits with the children to do this and encourages them in the thought process. This is a way of punishing negative behaviour.
Minutes – If the children do not behave in the desired way they will be kept in at play time for a small number of minutes so they can reflect on their behaviour and think how they will behave next time. The children do not want to miss their play time and so this is a good way to encourage good behaviour at all times.
Target: Find out which behaviour management strategy works best for the class and I and further develop this in all areas of the curriculum.