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Behaviour Management

What is behaviour management?
In order to build and maintain an effective learning environment, you need to be able to manage the behaviour - both good and bad - of your pupils. Having control in your classroom is the key to making it a calmer, more positive space to teach in. 
Here at OneStep CPD, our aim is to support you in developing a set of behaviour management tactics that positively impact you and your pupils. Simply click the blue links in this article to explore how our tried and tested CPD strategies could help you.

Why is it so important?
You don't need us to tell you that no two children are the same; they all learn, develop, and behave in countless different ways. So, it's a good idea to work on building up a bank of behaviour strategies that you can dip into depending on the situation and the child. This way, you're ready for anything the school day throws at you.
Take this pro-active approach, and you'll be better placed to maintain fairness and consistency in how you address behaviour in your classroom; something your pupils will come to understand and respect. 

How can OneStep CPD help me?
Our CPD courses have been tried, tested and approved by teachers around the world. We understand that misbehaviour can sometimes be addressed by good planning, differentiation and support. But it's also beneficial to have effective behaviour strategies in your teaching arsenal, so you're prepared to address misbehaviour when it arises. Some of the strategies below are designed to encourage positive behaviour from all pupils, and some are to tackle one or a group of pupil's poor behaviour. Why not take a look? See for yourself how we could help take your teaching to the next level, and beyond.

One of the biggest barriers to learning is disruptive behaviour. Just think about how much more time and energy you'd have, and how much more effective you could be if challenging behaviour was less of a hurdle in your classroom. Our restorative talks strategy is a great way of addressing underlying behaviour problems and managing challenging pupils. And this least invasive behaviour intervention course is designed to help you deal with conflict through the use of subtle classroom tactics and forward planning. 
Behaviour management is also about motivating and rewarding the vast majority of pupils who work hard and want to learn. Making efforts to support these children is just as important as tackling poor behaviour. Recognising good effort is a great way of nurturing a growth mindset in the classroom and boosting pupils' self-esteem. 
Here are just a few examples of the many other ways skilful behaviour management can positively impact you and your pupils:
  • Teacher~pupil relationship. Taking the time to work with children, rather than against them, will help you create long-lasting relationships, which will, in turn, improve your classroom dynamic and make your role easier. This strategy stresses the importance of collaboration between teacher and pupils.
  • Children's learning outcomes. Limiting distractions, praising effort, and encouraging respect and cooperation among your pupils will improve their chances of doing well academically, both now and in the future. Sound good? Then maybe "stress the positive" should be your motto.
  • Emotional wellbeing. Strong classroom management reduces instances of disruptive behaviour and results in a stable and healthy atmosphere conducive to learning. Our classroom attitude course is all about developing ways of making children comfortable and confident in the classroom.  
  • Confidence. Teachers often cite behaviour management as one of their biggest worries, particularly those new to the role. The more pro-active you are and the more strategies you pick up, the higher your confidence will climb. Fostering a culture of purpose and respect is a good place to start. 
  • Job satisfaction. Most people get into teaching because they're passionate about helping children learn and develop. But, we're well aware that poor behaviour has the potential to put the brakes on learning for the entire class. Good behaviour management reduces classroom distractions, enabling you to do more of what you're passionate about and less behavioural firefighting. 
3 quick ways of improving behaviour management.
Like any skill worth learning, behaviour management takes time to master. But the positive impact it can have on you and your pupils can't be overstated.
Our strategies are full of expert advice on how to reward and sanction pupil behaviour effectively. But, for now, here are a few quick tips you can try out straight away:
  1. Be personable, not pally. Your pupils will appreciate you taking the time to get to know them but you don't need to be their mate. Learn their names, take an interest in their lives but don't blur the boundaries between teacher and friend. If you do, there's a chance they'll stop seeing you as an authority figure and take less notice of your instructions. 
  2. Consistency is king. If you react one way today and another tomorrow, you run the risk of confusing your students and undoing all your good work. Our CPD strategies will help you stay calm, composed and on message, day in, day out.
  3. It's what you don't say that counts. Non-verbal communication is really important in the classroom. We're talking simple things here, like smiling, maintaining an open posture and crouching down to pupils' eye level when you're talking to them. If you already do these things, great. If not, give them a go; when it comes to building personal connections with pupils, the little things can make a massive difference.

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