During my professional experience, I did not have the experience of facing any behaviour management issues with my children – they were all amazing! And that was great, but I know that doesn’t mean that I’m never going to be faced with a situation where I will need to know all about effectively managing child behaviour.
You know what they say – there is no time like the present! So I did some reading, and I found 6 pointers that are important when considering how to deal with behaviour management.
- Be mindful of your own reaction
- Maintain rational detachment
- Be attentive
- Use positive self-talk
- Recognize your limits
Successfully undertaking these interventions are underpinned by a strong staff-student relationships, as they require an understanding of the underlying factors which may influence the behaviour. I also think that it is important to be fair and consistent and use low key responses such as ‘the look’, close proximity or signals in order to maintain a manageable classroom.
I think a good motto would be to be tough but fair.