Getting the Teachers to Behave

A brilliant read

Freeing the Angel

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your email. I’m really sorry to hear that you’re struggling to get your class to do what you want them to. I know just how hard it can be as an NQT, and as you say one of the toughest bits is the behaviour management. It’s a learning process, so don’t feel bad that you haven’t got the hang of it yet. Be flexible, open, willing to try new approaches, and you will get there eventually – honest.

I understand from your email that you’ve tried the threat of sanctions, you’ve tried humiliating the students, you’ve even offered them an (RCoT shaped) carrot. But, as you say, still you cannot get the majority to listen, behave and move forwards in the way that you want. I’ll try and offer you a few thoughts, ideas and suggestions that might help.

There are different ways to get students…

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