THREE COMMANDMENTSSet out your 3 basic rules:e.g.No talking over teacher;Hands up, no shouting out;Only one person talking at a time
WHO’S WHOlearn their namesand use them as soon aspossibleHave a seating plan
YOUR TERRITORYYOUR ROOM, YOUR RULES -YOU’RE IN CHARGEBe on time, set up. Welcomethem in to you classroom. Usethe space, use the room..Stand at the back occasionally .Position yourself strategically;–you’re the boss – it’s yourterritory, your classroom;You’re in charge
Door-steppingYour lesson starts in the corridor.Be on time.Meet & greet.
KEEP IT MOVINGDate, title, LOs, starter ready onthe board.Keep pupils busy at all times; theyshould never be waiting for thenext activity.No dead time
‘SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL’Establish clear routines.Insist on good presentation,date, title, underlined etcInsist on getting the small thingsright
HIGH EXPECTATIONSHave high expectations ofeffort, conduct and work
WARN THEN ACTAct and follow up; don’t make idlethreats. Warn then carry out.Keep a note of who you’re going tokeep behind.Follow up and follow through.
DON’T GET PERSONALCriticize the behaviournot the person
SCHOOL POLICYFollow school sanctions policyBe firm and fair
REWARD & PRAISEReward and praise as much aspossibleIf you have lots of pupilsmisbehaving, acknowledge theones who are followinginstructionsTake action later with a few.Pick them off gradually, one ata time if necessary. It may be along term battle.YOU WILL WIN!
BE A SAINTPRETEND YOU LIKE THEMBE THE EMBODIMENT OFVIRTUE, CALM & PATIENCEFORGIVE & FORGET
contact parentsUse pupil plannersMake phone callsAlso inform them ifthere has been animprovement or just ifyou’re pleased
DON’T BE A LONE RANGERInvolve other colleagues (usebuddy system, HOY, on-callsystem)Share concernsIt’s not you!
MIND YOUR LANGUAGEModerate your language;Don’t shout;Plan for losing your temper.Elevate your language – adopt old-fashioned teacher speakUse ‘teacher scripts’Role play & practise with a friend
Plan BPlan ahead.Plan for misbehaviour.Have a contingency (Plan B).
Be a Do’ nutUse do statements, not don’tsCultivate a positive ethosExpect complianceSay: ‘thank you’ rather than pleaseI NEED YOU TO SIT DOWN … THANK YOUBroken Record technique (endless repetition)
CHOICEGive choices not threats –do this now or get a phone callhome – IT’S YOUR CHOICEMove seats now or get a detention– YOUR CHOICE
GO APE!Get involved in extra curricular activitiesLet them see you in other contexts
LOOK THE PARTPlay the part.Sound the part.See yourself through their eyes.
NO PUBLIC ROWSDon’t confront. Defuse and defer.Deal with individuals inprivate, after the lesson.
DON’T CREATE CELEBRITIESDon’t send pupils out – use on-call, buddy system