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On Monday 27th March 2017 colleagues came together at the University of Cumbria to talk about Behaviour Management.
Why we thought it was a good idea to talk about this: Behaviour management in schools is an area for perennial discussion. There are many theories and talk of ‘easy fixes’ on the one hand and great complexity on the other. Questions are myriad. How is ‘good’ behaviour promoted? What is ‘good’ behaviour? What is ‘bad’ behaviour? What are effective strategies? What about rewards and sanctions? Whose responsibility is behaviour in school? The individual? The school? The senior management? What about ‘low level’ disruption? How can consistency be attained? Is it important how you teach, what you teach, when you teach…? This event aimed to give colleagues the opportunity to consider many issues and share ideas and inspirations.
Critical Publishing and TEAN were delighted to welcome Professor Susan Wallace, Nottingham Trent University to lead this day. Susan Wallace is Emeritus Professor of Education at Nottingham Trent University where, for many years, part of her role was to support learning on the initial training courses for teachers in the FE sector. She has researched and published extensively on education, training and management of behaviour, and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences. Her particular interests are in mentoring and the motivation and behaviour of students.
Many thanks to Susan Wallace for an excellent day – and also to all the delegates who showed such enthusiasm and interest in our topic and gave such excellent presentations to everyone on the day.
Among many the messages that Susan Wallace shared with us were these:
- What is ‘bad’ behaviour? = That which is not conducive to learning or blocks others’ learning.
- ‘Disengaged’ behaviour.
- Consider power. How can power be used/shared to good effect?
- Set up systems to avoid discipline problems before they arise.
- Be careful with language – avoid negatives – use phrases like: ‘I would like you to …’
- Demotivators are things like: fear (of failure etc.), boredom, previous negative experiences, loss of hope.
- People need to: see the point in doing something; have the ability to do it; need to take pride in what they are doing; do something which fits the image of who they are.
- Teacher discourse is key.
Notes from the group discussions can be accessed below