On this page I have collected various bits and pieces I have written on behaviour. I think that behaviour is a massive issue in many schools, perhaps the most important issue, and have therefore decided to set aside an entire area.
In general, my approach is to balance the fact that teachers can do things to minimise or prevent poor behaviour with the fact that children have autonomy and moral agency to make their own choices about their behaviour. This means I don’t “blame” teachers if behaviour is poor, and that somehow they weren’t engaging or relatable enough. For more on that see here:
I have tried as hard as I can to make my writing on this as concrete and actionable as possible. For a broad overview of my approach, watch the video here, which leans heavily on Teach Like a Champion 2.0. Shaun Allison wrote a really helpful summary of the video here.
There are a couple of follow-ups to that video. The blog here deals with how you give instructions to ensure not only that students actually follow them, but that they do so without disturbing your lesson. The blog here deals with occasions where students may not be deliberately disturbing your lessons, but they end up doing so anyway.
In terms of making the ideas discussed actionable, though it isn’t limited to behaviour management, the blog here deals with how I write action steps for teachers in a way that is granular (detailed enough to be acted upon) and high leverage (makes a big difference in a lot of lessons).
There is a short thread on behaviour strategies for anyone struggling to maintain classroom presence here as well:
Being honest, I haven’t got it right yet. I’m still – and probably always will be – working on my management. Maybe that makes me a bad person to opine, maybe that makes me a good person to. But there are things I’ve tried that definitely help, so if these blogs help you at all then that makes me happy. If you have anything in particular that you’d like me to think about more and maybe try and help you out with please just let me know.