Classroom Management by @Reach2.org

Name: REAch2 NQT Group (East Anglia)
Twitter name: @Reach2.org
Sector: Primary
Position: NQT
What is your advice about? Classroom Management

  1. Not smiling before Christmas is a myth.
  2. Set the expectations for the children from the first day of term and keep to these throughout the year.
  3. Be firm but fair.
  4. Make sure all adults in your room set the same expectations and sing from the same hymn sheet.
  5. Building a rapport with the children in your class is important as this forms the basis of your interactions with them for the rest of the year.

Punishments in Primary School by Anonymous

Sector: Early Years,Primary
Subject taught (if applicable): All
Position: Assistant Head
What is your advice about? Punishments in Primary School

  1. Scolding. Probably the number one punishment used – whether we realise it or not. Try to limit the amount of stuff you say – if only to save yourself some time.
  2. Silence. Sometimes, silently staring at a kid, rather than beginning an interrogation immediately can be more effective than scolding. Resist the urge to talk.
  3. Sarcasm. A bad idea. If you say the opposite of what you mean, you usually also imply that the kid/s are idiots. Sarcasm tends to turn your irritation into spitefulness.
  4. Playtime. Take away playtime in one minute increments.
  5. Practise. Break down whatever it is that kids keep getting punished for and teach them how to behave better. Treat it like a subject.

Credibility in the Classroom by @amuseED

Name: Allison Fairey
Twitter name: @amuseED
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Art + RE
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Credibility in the Classroom

  1. Be confident. This comes easily with experience, but being super organised helps. Always have a number of contingency plans ready to employ if a lesson goes off the rails.
  2. Be cool. Never let unexpected surprises or setbacks affect you. Aim for calmness at all times & show this in the way you use your voice & your body language.
  3. Know your subject/s well & extend your knowledge into related areas. Making multiple connections will send the message that what you teach is worth learning.
  4. Observe your students as they work. Don’t be distracted while they are learning. You will learn a great deal about them & they will know you prioritise them above all else.
  5. Respect your students & never cause them to doubt your sincerity. Listen to them & give them authentic & varied opportunities to demonstrate their learning.

Building credibility by @head_teach

Name: M Evans
Twitter name: head_teach
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Business and Economics
Position: Headteacher
What is your advice about? Building credibility

  1. Don’t allow students to talk when you are talking – ever!
  2. Show you value students’ work by marking it quickly.
  3. Don’t threaten if you aren’t going to follow it through
  4. Stand at the door when students arrive. Smile, say hello and don’t let them in unless they are calm and dressed properly.
  5. Phone one parent each week to say something positive.

Behaviour Management by @teach_well

Name: Tarjinder Gill
Twitter:  @teach_well
Sector:  Primary
Subject:
Position: Teacher Adviser
5 Bits of Advice About: Behaviour management

  1. School rules and class rules should basically be the same. Ideally there should be no more than 5.
  2. Children do not need to be involved in making the rules. It’s a nice idea but I have never seen a difficult child make better choices because they signed the class charter.
  3. Log all incidents and check if there is a pattern.
  4. If you work in an unreasonable school that makes you take children on visits regardless of behaviour, insist the parent being there is on the risk assessment.
  5. Remember that most children do not exhibit unreasonable behaviour. Those that do, do so for a reason, that reason is rarely if ever, you.

The Behaviour Learning Conversation by @drake_kieran

Name: Kieran
Twitter:  @drake_kieran
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: RE
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: The behaviour learning conversation

  1. Use the language of ‘choices’ and ‘consequences’. This taps into a student’s understanding of justice and fairness.
  2. Start by asking the student to rate their performance in the lesson out of 100. Ask them why they didn’t say 0 and why they didn’t say 100.
  3. List very clearly each of the bad choices they made. Give them clear reasons connected to learning (“because I’m your teacher” or “because I said so” will not help you).
  4. Give them no more than 2 things that you want them to better next time.
  5. Carrot/Stick – Tell them how you’ll reward them if they follow the target in your next lesson. Tell them what the consequence of choosing not to will be.

Behaviour Management by @68ron

Name: Ron Gordon
Twitter:  @68ron
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: RE
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Behaviour management

  1. It’s easier to change your response to bad behaviour than it is to change bad behaviour. This is not as defeatist as you might think.
  2. Non verbal cues are less easy to argue with. Place a bin in from of gum chewing pupil rather than talking about it.
  3. Allow pupils take up time with a request you have. Issue request discreetly, then come back to chase up original concern.
  4. Avoid language of confrontation. “Pop out to the corridor, I’d like a word” not “GET OUT OF MY CLASSROOM!”
  5. With difficult pupils, try keeping your conversations to the work in hand, not behaviour. They’re more likely to accept your academic rather than your moral credentials.