4.3.1 Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour.
Challenging behaviour, I have come to realise, comes in all forms. From the students who just can’t stop chatting, to the student who continually doesn’t bring the correct shoes to do their practical lesson, to the students’ who have a chip on their shoulder for some reason or another and just don’t want to be there. Managing them is the challenge!
I tried various strategies over the 5 week practicum, with some working better then others. For students who continually chatted while I tried to call the roll or deliver content, I tried:
- Raising my voice to get their attention
- Staying silent until I had their attention
- Separating students who continually talked
- Close proximity teaching – standing right next to the disruptive student
Truancy was an issue for some students and the school was trying to crack down on this. One student in my class was often here for the first half of the double period and then would not turn up to the next, or vice versa. Subsequently he was put onto an attendance plan which I had to sign to make sure he was in class and behaving himself. Speaking to the other teachers, often this was enough to get the student back on track.
As mentioned above, the biggest challenge I faced in behaviour was not necessarily students being naughty or silly, but simply not bringing the correct equipment, like their correct footwear, so that they could participate in their practical lesson. The school did have a cupboard with some ‘loan’ shoes which I found to be helpful for the students who had genuinely forgotten for that lesson, but for those habitual offenders, an email was sent to their parents. This made a difference, and after that more students started bringing their shoes.