Episode 57 How does Classroom Behaviour Impact Lifelong Learning?

In this episode, Dan explains how behaviour management effects not just learning, but lifelong learning.

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Show notes

Things to avoid

  • Yell at a student… ok to raise your voice to get attention but yelling at a student is not ok
  • Avoid belittling students in front of others… try and address behaviour separate from the main class
  • Avoid favouritism and sarcasm

You are the authority in the classroom responsible for their safety, so do address unsafe behaviour quickly and appropriately

Students learn better in a safe and respectful environement

  • Our goal is to have a safe and respectful environment for our students
  • We need to set the example of respectful interactions.
  • I have seen many times where teachers demand obedience and respect without giving any to the student
  • It is particularly hard to do this when a student is already being disrespectful

It all starts with expectations

  • Make sure you set everything up well at the beginning of the year and remind students of the expectations frequently
  • Possibly mention each relevant section for each lesson
  • Then stick to what has been set up, but apply it with equity NOT equally
  • Explain “fair” to the students it will help them understand your approach

Address root-causes NOT just the symptoms

  • Poor behaviour is often the result of something else this could be:
    • Feeling disempowered
    • Broken relationships (family, romantic, friends etc)
    • Medical reasons
    • Learning difficulties
    • Boredom 
    • Etc

Provide a correct way they could address the cause

  • Once the root is identified, provide the student with various ways they could have expressed or addressed this that is safe and respectful:
    • Make a clear statement
    • Ask the teacher for help
    • Alert the teacher of a need to “escape”
    • Organise a meeting to address the issue
    • etc

Restore relationships – Where appropriate

  • Have the person who was disrespected or worse provide a description of what they would like to happen to the student (not that it will happen but to identify the level of offense etc)
  • Hold meetings with the students that seek to allow both sides to communicate their perspective on what happened, and how it made them feel.
  • Try to develop empathy and perspective with each student or even the teacher and the student and find a solution that will allow them to move forward
  • Consequences should still follow and should aim to help restore the relationship that has been broken, and develop the student’s maturity.

Students learn through the issue

  • Not only does poor behaviour impact the classroom, but it is important to remember that students will learn how to deal with conflict by how you model it to them.
  • We are teaching students how to modify their behaviour to be respectful and safe and they are learning
  • The system is against us. If kids have been sitting still for 6 hours, you are bound to have a difficult last period of the day… so plan for it. Do something that meets them where they are.

Let me know your thoughts on this episode in the comments below


  1. Andrew Jones

    Fantastic, so informative and many constructive ideas for staff.

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