Some strategies for dealing with low-level disruption and attention seeking behaviour in a Year 7 MFL lesson.
Teaching some definite routines. The language of command and assertiveness is a key. Using behavioural narration is a good strategy to use to reinforce the command given and to notice/acknowledge those who are following instructions.
“You cannot expect children to know it without teaching it”. This goes for behaviour as well as academic knowledge/understanding.
Interesting example of how a simple issue like lack of equipment can escalate very quickly. Although the issue can be quickly resolved without escalating into conflict as described by Bill Rogers, I would then add that a 1-1 chat at the end of the lesson regarding equipment expectations would also be needed to avoid this becoming an ongoing issue.
In every class there are hundreds of incidences of what we might call challenging behaviour. Effective teaching to relate to pupils. Often, it is not those you confront which make the difference but those you ignore.
We’ve all been there. The class is finally quiet, you’ve started your lesson, and in walks Connor – late as always. How do you address arrogant lateness to minimise its impact and remove it from your classroom?
The first challenge in every class comes at the very beginning – getting the students settled so that learning can begin. Don’t ask questions. Use descriptive and directional cues, calmly.