Being able to effectively manage the behaviour in your classroom is one of the basic foundations of good teaching. However creating a positive productive learning environment is challenging as the causes of behavioural issues can be complex and difficult to identify. This book presents a solution-focused approach to behaviour management in primary and secondary schools, starting with the child and offering a flexible methodology and practical strategies for facilitating long-term positive behaviour. Key coverage includes: •  An overview of main approaches to behaviour management drawing from educational theory and research •  Case studies throughout the book exploring key strategies and issues •  How to develop confidence in the classroom as a new teacher •  Neuroscience and behaviour: what can we learn from recent scientific discoveries?

Making Sense of Behaviour Problems

Making Sense of Behaviour Problems

This chapter will give you the opportunity to:

  • identify what type of behaviour problem you are dealing with and the problem-solving approach that fits them best
  • make the most appropriate response
  • know why you are doing what you are doing
  • engage in the process of professional development which will lead to becoming a better problem-solver achieving improved outcomes for students

What is a problem?

‘Problems are problems because they are maintained. Problems are held together simply by their being described as problems’ (de Shazer, 1988). This quote from Steve de Shazer demonstrates an approach to problem-solving that we will touch on in this chapter.

A problem is an event which contains the possibility of change. If no change is possible then the ...

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