Top 10 Tips for Behaviour

1. Remain calm

Remain calm – if you are agitated then everyone will be agitated.

2. Model the behaviour

Model the behaviour that you want to see in your learners. If you yell or put down the students they are likely to do the same to you.

3. Establish behaviour expectations

Have some established behaviour expectations, preferably developed with the learners, and expect everyone to follow them including yourself.

4. Be firm

Be firm around the behaviour expectations and explain briefly how the learner is acting outside of the expectations and what they can do to change that.

5. Don't engage in long debate

Don’t engage in long debate at the time but give the learner a chance to respond. If that is going to impact on the rest of the class, make a time to talk about it later.

6. Avoid win/lose conflicts

Avoid win/lose conflicts. More often than not you lose the control and the learner becomes the manager of the situation.

7. Be clear

Be clear about the behaviour that doesn’t meet expectations and the consequences.

8. It's all about respect

Treat all respectfully and politely.

9. Acknowledge positive behaviours

Focus on acknowledging positive behaviours; this reinforces how to behave rather than how not to.

10. Ignore minor behaviours

Ignore or minimise minor behaviours instead of disrupting the learning.

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