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...

Closed Requests

Prefacing requests with 'Thank you' has a marked effect on how the request is received. 'Thank you for putting your bag on the hook'...

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...

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...

Assertiveness and nasty explosions

Many teachers recognise that their pattern of behaviour is to be nice or compliant for far longer than they really want, until they reach...

Countdown

A good technique for getting the attention of the whole class is to use a 'countdown' from 5 or 10 to allow students the...

“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...

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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