How can we manage challenging behaviour?
Challenging behaviour: it’s what NQTs often worry about and what experienced teachers often grumble about. But what can be done and where can you start?
Think About It
Ask yourself the following questions about the challenging behaviour in your classroom.
- What is the behaviour? Write down three behaviours from most to least concerning.
- When is the behaviour? Identify when the behaviour occurs – and when it doesn’t.
- Why is the behaviour happening? This is the single most significant question you can ask because it helps you understand a situation, increase your empathy and helps you problem solve.
- Who has the relationship? Someone, somewhere in school, has a connection with this child. You’re going to need them. If no one has, why is this the case?
- What is of high value to the child? Finding out and using what they care about to motivate them can be useful.
- What are the school’s expectations? What resources or support do you need to put in place?
- Who has authority? You need someone with authority to regularly monitor so staff feel supported.
- What do parents/carers need to know?
- Finally, in an ideal world, what will the outcome be? Forget zero-tolerance!
Why is it a good strategy?
Think Tony Robbins: If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
Keep the end goals in mind. Don’t expect things to go perfectly; you’ll likely be disappointed. Be persistent, positive and consistent. It will be worth it, for you and for the pupil involved.