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Preparing for good behaviour

Being one step ahead of potential problems is important in ensuring good behaviour in class. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

Make sure pupils understand what is expected of them

Reinforce with pupils what you want, check that they have understood by going around the classroom and checking that they are completing the task correctly.  Even if everyone is listening to you and seem attentive, there will be those who are:

  • not listening and thinking of other things
  • not understanding
  • not caring or not coping

Don't worry about making your students like you

Any moves to pander to their affection will be seen as weakness, even if they don't intellectualise it that way. Be fair, but be a leader, setting clear guidelines and routines and stick to them. They may seem to warm up to you more slowly, but ultimately, that is what they are looking for and like.

Understand your pupils' wants and needs

Make sure you understand the problems and needs of your pupils. Some pupils will come to your class with recorded needs, others will develop a need when they are with you.

You cannot teach to a whole class but must individualise and create work that all your pupils can realistically complete. Do your homework and understand if a pupil has a recognised need.

Make lessons multi-faceted

Be prepared to see each lesson as multi-faceted and not just one method and one delivery. More work for you but less work in the long run as you understand your pupils and allow pathways for everyone to make progress.