Improving the behaviour of pupils to maximise learning is one of the most difficult challenges facing student teachers. It is the topic they most frequently request yet at times little time is allocated for it in most ITT programmes. In order to help students to develop the skills required, 26 scenarios have been created for subject tutors to use with groups of trainee teachers as a part of their training programme. The materials are equally suitable for use as the basis for short courses on behaviour improvement and for use by mentors in schools.
Whilst tutors and mentors may already be familiar with much of the content of the scenarios, the resource draws together information for those who wish to:
- be reminded about the key concepts in behaviour for learning
- see further explanation of the learning methodology
- receive assistance with planning a session
- be provided with links to resources and further information.
The scenarios are designed to slot into an existing ITT programme and to be flexible and adaptable. Although they present one or more answers in each case, they do not cover every aspect of each problem; moreover, the scenarios represent a selection from some of those which might be encountered by trainees and early-career teachers. There will obviously be different solutions to different situations and tutors and mentors will be able to elaborate on these and discuss them as appropriate. The suggested approaches do follow current good practice guidelines about improving behaviour for learning but are not intended to be exhaustive or prescriptive.
The opportunity for reflection, trying out different approaches, discussion, further reflection and the development of good practice are important features of these resources.
It is possible that almost every teacher will have encountered this Scenario, leaving him/her feeling frustrated as the class disappears out of the door! More importantly, the negative impact on ongoing learning is a serious issue. Pupils who leave in this way are less likely to remember what has been taught and the lesson will be less effective. This is a good example of the impact of classroom behaviour on learning.
The solution to preventing a recurrence lies in improved lesson organization and planning as well as developing a more positive and engaging classroom climate for learning. A range of practical solutions are explored in the slides.
Trainees are encouraged to learn from observation of experienced colleagues and to recognise that improvements involve more than routines to end the lesson.
The Improving Behaviour for Learning (Secondary Schools) is a rich source of modelling good and bad practice and you are encouraged to make time in the session for viewing ‘Ending the lesson' and ‘Leaving the classroom' acted out in three different styles. The trainees could be asked to identify and discuss the likely impact on ongoing learning resulting from the three different ways of ending the lesson.
Each scenario is supported by PowerPoint slides
These resources have been developed in association with Centre for Learning Behaviour Ltd. (CfLB)