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?

Motivation and Changing Behaviour

Motivation and Changing Behaviour

This chapter will give you the opportunity to:

  • think about how change is motivated
  • consider how you can support student motivation to change behaviour

Praise, reward and punishment as motivators of change

Advice on becoming an effective teacher routinely highlights the importance of building a relationship with students and focusing on engagement. An effective teacher gets these right and students will be motivated to cooperate and to learn.

A 15-year-old student in a mainstream school was falling far behind his teachers’ expectations for his exam grades. Subject teachers, pastoral and senior staff had tried all the usual means to get him to catch up, to complete his coursework and to take more interest in what he was doing. They were frustrated that ...

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