Session 172: Strategies and tips to improve low-level behaviour issues?

Thursday 10th October 2013

-Date: Thursday 10th October 2013

Host: Martin Burrett @ICTmagic

Strategies and tips to improve low-level behaviour issues? accompanied by the forum page.

Session Summary

[pullquote]Respect is gained by being respectful to everyone – colleagues, pupils and parents. Maintaining high expectations is paramount.[/pullquote]The best way to summarise tonight’s UKedchat chat would be to say that some educators thought the ‘carrot’ works better, while others value the ‘stick’. The discussion began with talking about what we mean by low level behaviour issue. There was broad consensus about this and talking over a speaker, turning around to others and using mobiles surreptitiously were cited as examples. UKedchatters discussed which of these they find the most problematic.

We moved on to the different between primary and secondary school behaviour. With the exception of using mobile phones in class, the concerns were much the same. Fidgeting, talking and a lack of concentration seem to be rife in our schools. There was surprisingly little discussion about the reasons/causes behind this behaviour, but a few participants mentioned that it seems to be of the rise.

There was lots of discussion about high expectations and what that means in practice. This lead on to the busiest part of the night’s discussion – Whether children respond to reward or sanctions. This expect of behaviour seemed to polarise the participants, although a few chatters posted that it depends on the context. See the tweet archive for a complete picture.

Towards the end of the discussion it was asked if there is a line between rewards and bribery. Almost everyone thought that bribery was abhorrent, but it was less clear where the line between reward and bribery fell. Using money was thought to be wrong, but how many schools give book tokens and other such prizes for rewards?

Right at the end of the discussion I asked the participants to sure their own behaviour misdemeanours with the group as a ‘fun’ way to finish off the discussion. Many people shared some amusing stories, but @JamesTheo found this distasteful and called it double standards that teachers now boost about what they are trying to stop children doing now. That made me think, and it is something I am still thinking about it now.

Behaviour issues, both big and less big effect not just the teachers and the child making the disruption. It can change the learning process from a pleasurable experience to feel like a battle for all concerned. But engagement is key. When pupils want to take part in something, most behaviour issues evaporate and are muted by the excitement and buzz of a stimulating learning experience.

Notable Tweets

@mrandmrsteach: Repair and rebuild conversations with students after a behaviour incident. Every lesson is a fresh start. #ukedchat
@eylanezekiel: #ukedchat 1st tool to manage low level behaviour is ‘The Look’ the one that says “This is all I should need, shall we get on with learning?”
@StuartLock: To deal with low level behaviour, absolutely no chances or warnings before action. Certainty of action. #ukedchat
@cherrylkd: All staff being consistent in their treatment of low level behaviour issues is key. Child should always know what to expect #ukedchat
@School_LN: Lessons that engage student interest are the best way to reduce low level behaviour issues #ukedchat
@oldandrewuk: @eylanezekiel #ukedchat So behaving is considered praiseworthy rather than normal and expected?
@caroljallen: @ICTmagic Look for ways to make them feel special, the need is real and once satisfied removes the behaviour #ukedchat
@eylanezekiel: @oldandrewuk #ukedchat – behaviour policies need to consider wellbeing in the broader sense – moral, ethical, psych, not just for then
@SRTeaching: @ICTmagic classmates in a lot of cases are other peers role models. Powerful teaching strategy. Use classmates to empower others. #ukedchat

Tweet of the Week

@rjnicolson: Respect is gained by being respectful to everyone – colleagues, pupils and parents. Maintaining high expectations is paramount. #ukedchat

About your Host

Martin Burrett (@ICTmagic) is a primary teacher at Mersea Island School in Essex and is an advocate for using digital technology to improve teaching and learning in schools. He founded the ICTmagic educational resource website and is a co-administrator for UKedchat.

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