Building positive relationships with difficult students

No matter how tolerant, easy going and organised you are, there will always be the student(s) who you find challenging or as the title suggests, “difficult.”
It is equally difficult to give an exact description of a “difficult” student. For some teachers and teaching assistants, it may be the student who is forever exhibiting low-level disruptions. Fidgeting, time wasting, finger clicking or just generally being awkward. For other adults the “difficult” behaviour can be far more challenging. Arguing, confrontations and refusal to comply with any request, can push even the most tolerant of adults to their limit. Continue reading

Don’t take pupil comments personally!

From time to time situations develop or comments are made which seem to touch a nerve. They seem to be the trigger to an emotional response from you, and that emotional response is not always your best course of action. Many pupils who are described as “difficult” or “challenging” spend a great deal of time working out the best buttons to press to promote the emotional response, and some pupils may just hit on it at random. The danger is not necessarily the challenging pupil, but how you manage your response. Continue reading

Rewards: What really works?

Before evaluating the effectiveness of the rewards you currently use in your classroom or work area, it’s worth spending some time having  closer look at the balance between sanctions and rewards. Although you may think you are using a positive approach to managing pupils behaviour, you may be surprised to find that in practice, your  style is rather more tipped towards negative consequences. Continue reading

Cooperative working

A behaviour policy must be applied consistently if it is to work. Dave Stott looks at the best ways to get staff working in cooperation. What opportunities do you have to share pupil information, techniques and skills with colleagues? For a ‘whole school’ behaviour policy to be effective it is important to have a consistent and co operative approach to teaching, learning and managing behaviour.

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