From behaviour ‘tsars’ to policies and rules, the focus is never on student learning, only compliance. It is my view that compliance is a learning disadvantage – not an advantage.
Compliance limits you to what others want or expect and not what you need or can achieve. We require students to ‘behave’ in such a way that is best described as ‘compliant’ and argue that the behaviour we lay down actually supports learning but does it?
Sit facing the front, fold your arms, no doodling or fiddling are amongst the behaviours we expect in the classroom. Yes, I can agree to not pinching your neighbour’s pen and certainly being quiet when quiet is called for or walking in an orderly manner around the school.
These and more are often the focus of the ‘Behaviour Policy’ though and we are missing an opportunity to focus behaviour in school on learning, ‘earning behaviours’ if you will.
What would be on your list of learning behaviours? Mine would include such things as:
- Showing resilience
- Approaching learning as a problem-solving activity
- Looking for ‘feedforward’ and not just wanting ‘feedback’
- Showing courage
- Being curious
- Taking risks
@4c3d Director at Advocating Creativity in Education – Northampton