Proactively developing relationships with students

It's not about trying to get down with the kids. Chose your opportunities to build a relationship with a student carefully. Open up casual conversation...

Don’t just get down, get way down!

It is often said that getting down to students' eye level is important when delivering praise or sanctions to students. This can often be...

Redirection techniques

(A Tip for Teaching and Learning Support Assistants) Students who have spent many years with learning support often have advanced strategies for avoiding work. You...

“Chase me”: What to do with secondary behaviours

Secondary behaviours are those that occur during your intervention or as you leave a conversation with a student.  They are 'chase me' behaviours designed to push your buttons and...

Get out and about

Perhaps your greatest contribution to managing behaviour around the school site is your presence. If you have your coffee in the playground, your lunch...

Establishing routines early

The beginning of the school year is the best time to institute new routines for your students.  Don't negotiate them, but decide on the...

Get in and get out quickly with your dignity intact

We know that to effectively deliver sanctions the message needs to be simple, clear and not negotiable; in practice it is easy to get...

Being Assertive

Assertiveness is not saying the same thing over and over (the 'broken record') neither is it continually stepping into confrontations with students. We know...

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