|Teachers' Christian Fellowship of NSW : Conference papers|
|MANAGING DIFFICULT BEHAVIOURS
IN A CLASSROOM CONTEXT
Alison Soutter, Senior Adviser, Behaviour Management, NSW Department of Education and Training
This workshop will first look at basic hygiene factors for a positive classroom environment. These might be:
Even in such an environment things go wrong. Some students are
off task and need to be brought back, some are disruptive. In these
circumstances a teacher needs to focus on the behaviour which got their
attention in the first place. This means that one is not distracted by
students saying things such as,
The skills of positive correction are:
By focusing on positive correction a teacher is refusing to escalate the situation. In this workshop we will look at specific techniques that teachers use in specific circumstances to keep students on task. We will look at participants’ best lessons to find out what makes the difference between a good lesson and a disaster. We will also look at techniques for encouraging students in meaningful ways so that they repeat the behaviours essential for classroom learning. This is best done by looking at the sorts of encouragement which have been most effective in our lives.
Many classroom reward systems do not make the rewarded behaviour more likely whereas many classroom punishments do not make the punished behaviour less likely. In this workshop we will look at why this might be so.