Name: Andy Tharby
Twitter name: @atharby
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Classroom teacher
What is your advice about? Taming that tricky year 9 class
1: Keep adjusting the seating plan until it works. Justify your decisions by referencing learning, not behaviour – e.g. ‘I’m sitting you here so I can help you more often.’
2: Never let the class know that you think they are a ‘bad’ class. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you do.
3: Plan tasks that mean that they are sitting quietly and have lots to do. Aiming to ‘engage’ such a group will only backfire.
4: Work out the class power structure and identify the kingpin(s). Make sure that every transgression of school rules by these students is written down in detail.
5: A senior colleague with responsibility for this child should be notified after every incident – and parents too. In good schools, the child will either improve or move class.