Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Behaviour Question: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Behaviour Question: News

Article excerpt

I have recently started a new post as lead teacher in a school where behaviour is a serious problem. I thought I was fully prepared for the worst, having worked in challenging schools before and believing myself to be strong on behaviour management. However, the students are completely out of control. I have a particular group of 13- to 14-year-olds whom I can't begin to manage. They refuse to remain in the classroom; it they enter it at all, they will not sit down. They are constantly disruptive and refuse to work. One child will throw any work I put in front of him on the floor. I know I have started at a difficult time but I really need advice as to how to keep them in the room. The normal "entertaining lessons" are useless as they won't even focus enough to begin. If anyone has any advice or has been in a similar situation please let me know as I am worried about how I will cope. Most of all, it is embarrassing that I am an experienced teacher in a position of responsibility yet cannot manage my classes.

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bigkid

I suggest you slowly but surely use whatever sanctions the school has in its behaviour policy to grind them down and make them behave (remembering to praise anyone who reforms).

pepper5

Start at the beginning with the basics, such as entering the room properly, being silent while the register is being taken and staying in their seats. …

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