10 steps to managing a cohesive classroom
Behaviour for Learning
Based on the work of Dr. Bill Rodgers, behaviour management guru, we have put together a quick list of ‘10 simple steps to managing a cohesive classroom’ that you can use and share with colleagues to share best practice.
- Take pupils back to the original behaviour before dealing with or getting distracted by secondary behaviours.
- Be consistent. Clearly display rules on classroom walls and encourage children to keep on track.
- Use emotionless responses to manage inappropriate behaviour that is escalating.
- Reinforce positive behaviour through phone calls and notes home.
- Clearly set out rules, routines, learning habits and rituals for those who are becoming difficult to manage.
- Make sure everyone, including parents, understands the consequences of inappropriate behaviour.
- When speaking to pupils, link behaviour to a consequence. So, if you do this (stay focused on a task, for example), you will be praised. However, if you do this (eat at your desk), you will receive a sanction.
- Don’t judge yourself too harshly if you don’t get everything right every day. Aim to be better tomorrow.
- Don’t call for high-level sanctions for low-level indiscretions. ‘Crying wolf’ like this may diminish support from colleagues when it’s actually needed.
- Issue and implement sanctions on the same day so a child can start tomorrow with a clean sheet.