Describe how you act in class in order to be an effective role model
I imagine that every student is an open vacuum taking in everything possible from every angle and in every way. Realizing this vulnerability I treat them all as if they only have three months to live and it is my resolve that will give me the strength to offer as much Information in as little amount of time as I can. And do so without swearing. I offer them respect, teach them dedication, show examples of determination and direct learning with passion and winning. What comes is desire to learn the decision making process from the standpoint of all of life is but a myriad of decisions and making the right choices gives the clear path (direction) of long and fruitful lives. Life is competitive and nothing is a handout. They learn whatever you give them to learn. Students are learning even with bad grades, they learn by understanding our role is but a small example of how life could be. Teaching is pointing out how life should be and giving the opportunity to the students to know the difference.
Treat everyone (pupils, colleagues, parents) with respect; listen to people when they speak; show pleasure in learning; be prepared to acknowledge your mistakes and what you dont know and to recognise how to learn from them. Treat all with respect.
If you have a long “boring” topic to teach, try to find an anecdote or light joke to break up the tedium. But be careful, not to rely on this to fully lighten the mood of the students.
Listen to students when they ask a question.
Dont fob them off with trivial answers. If you dont know say you will come back to them AND KEEP TO IT!! .They will appreciate that you DO care!
Admit mistakes and appologise, thank them for pointing them out. It shows you are human!.
Act more like an uncle or aunt with an air of authority (rather than a domineering teacher), be firm but fair!!
It works with me at a sixth form college where I deal with failing and disaffected GCSE students doing courses (maths and science) for the third or fourth time!
behaviour and how to react to problems…
by KARINE74 ?» Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:41 pm
heres a question which I have already a lot of info for but thought youre likely to know even more ….. It is long so Ive split the question in 2 :
1- What strategies would you use to encourage good behaviour
– be firm, consistent, fair and kind
– promote courtesy and respect
– show appreciation re. efforts and contributions of all
– provide a caring and effective learning evnironment
– emphasise the importance of being valued as an individual
– communication : help children learn to observe carefully, communicate well and listen to each other
– promote self-discipline
2- how to react to incidents of bullying and violence
-keep calm, and in control
-no-blame and problem-solving approach where pupils can talk about what happened, give their own side of the story and listen to the other side. Decide together on how to solve the problem.
-make sure the “bully” understands that his/her behaviour was unacceptable.
This may all be wrong, so any comments , suggestions welcome !
Another way that I promote good behaviour is to congratulate a child that is doing the right thing with direct praise (well done for sitting quietly as opposed to well done)
When reacting to incidents, I stay in control of the situation. I tell the child what or where they need to be and then give them space and time to do that. I wouldnt stand over them staring at them just waiting for them to move.
I would also remind of them of actions have consequences. Following the school rules, Id inform the child/ren of the outcome. Of course each incident has to be dealt with on an individual basis, but these things spring to mind about incidents that have happened recently at my school.
*Catch pupils being good, so praise them when you see them being good.
*Be consistent in your practice
*know your pupils, if they have a behaviour plan or IEP ensure you implement and feedback on strtegies used whether effective or not.
* Reflect on your practice on a daily basis, most behaviour management strategies come from this practice.
* Have key points for e.g. someone with Dyslexia or on ASD, they will react to a clap or whistle before words as they have difficulty processing too much info and may have switched off.
* ensure pupils know the codes mof conduct, I have been in so many schools where pupils have been told off and they dont know the rules.
*Keep the dynamics of a group to an acceptable level, no name calling or bitching ect, maintaining pupils self esteem and self reliance.
* Always use positive language E.g. I will walk quietly around the school as opposed to you negative, do not run in the school.
* adapt you level of communications to the level and ability of the individual so they dont feel threatend or intimidated,so they understand you.
* work to know your pupils and build on positive relationships and interactions, show respect to them as they should to you.
*demonstrate the behaviour you want them to emulate.
*work with your teacher in partnership in and out of the class.
Bullying or violence in the first intance you will need to deal with the situation in your own way and in line with school policy, if school says remove from class then thats what you have to do. Give them space and let them know you want to listen. Often being quiet gives them something to think about. If you talk they may be viewing you as getting at them and lose your trust; telling them you will listen and understand when they are ready to talk gains trust and lessons the pressure. Sometimes a bully is being bullied so going back to the roots as one would say, looking behind the scenes and viewing the behaviour as a communication, a medium as to what the pupil is trying to tell you. bullies are frustrated and dont know how to communicate properly, sometimes jealousey or peer pressure can cause it, most of the time home life.
If you make the effort to know pupils most of the time you have dealt with the problem as it starts, providing they trust you. Know your pupils (I kkep saying that) I know, but it is a factor to help stop unwanted behaviour.