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17 comments
Ownsie says 2nd October 2013

Thank you, I am an NQT struggling to implement everything I have learnt during my PGCE. I am also struggling to know what my expectations should be, so any suggestions for that would be great

Amy says 28th December 2012

Thank you, Rob. I am in need of a review of my behavior management strategies. This was an excellent starter video. I can’t wait to see the rest. I love your ten-word phrase idea, too. I will be using it regularly. ~Amy

Jess says 28th September 2012

Hi
Rob, I am a first year relief teacher and can’t tell you how invaluable your
videos are too me. I watched one of your videos about having kids line up
before they entered the classroom and letting good ones in, waiting for others
to settle ect and your suggestions with using props and shh’es to gain attention
rather than raising my voice and I had the BEST day and was offered a 2 week
teaching contract (for 12wks in advance!). Huge thanks.

THEN a few
days later I taught a yr 2 class…I had a student walk out on me! I went
from I can do this too…OMG!!! and had to get the deputy to look for him
*sigh* what went wrong?

I used the line-up approach (knew this kid and
knew his mum from one of my sons sport events, and she always uses a very firm
voice with him?) …thanks watching this video I realised I become impatient
when he wouldn’t line up…then asked nicely to sit, he told me no, I told him
to sit at his table or I’d have to sit him at the front as I needed to explain
class rules then he was free to do whatever quite activity he wanted (only 1hr
left on last day of term_). He told me ‘stuff you I don’t have to listen
to u’, walked out of class and didn’t return.

The Dept. ended up having to
look for him after I rang the office and told them he had walked out (students
told me that his teacher ignored him when he did this?!) What did I do
wrong? I think looking at this video I backed him into a corner because I
knew it was a tough class I was too aggressive rather than relaxed, the strong assertive
voice I used backed him into a corner… and he walked off and out into
another classroom (would have been nice if that teacher had of rang me as she
knew I was filling in *sigh*) I don’t think I will be asked back to that
school, however lesson learnt. It was a hard class. I carried on and used all the steps mentioned and had one kid swaring and carrying on that I had to pull him up with having him leave the room and stand with him in silence for a set time before he was ok to get back to class. The walk out really bugged me

Gulzhan Tupenova says 28th June 2012

In our schools in Russia we are not allowed to turn students out of the classroom. I can’t keep them in the breaktime or after clases. On the one hand, I am too busy to do so and have no time for it, on the other hand, the students are to have lunch, to be on time for the next lesson and many things like that. But some of your advice I find of great help. Thank you for your free video anyway.

rumeysa says 27th May 2012

thanks for sharing. i am a new teacher. this year a was title teacher so it was not hard for me. i was working 4 -5 students. i was asked to be sub teacher for 3rd graders only for one day . i was a terrible day , i cannot express how i felt. So, this summar i wanna improve my classroom management skills not to face the same things.Any suggestions?

Andreea says 3rd April 2012

This was very useful to me…I’m a student teacher and I’m absorbing everything you post here like a sponge:) I would also like you to speak about ENGLISH FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNERS…for instance, how to deal with EFL learners’ disruptive behaviour…preventative strategies for EFL learners, consequences etc…I’m extremely interested in that. Of course your strategies apply for any type of learners, but I was wondering if you could advise me how to tackle with disruptive situations which imply only English foreign language learners… I am actually working on my diploma paper and I could use some piece of advice on this subject: Dealing with disruptive behaviour- EFL learners.

Dionne Henry-Clarke says 23rd March 2012

Thank you for sharing. This was very, very useful. I will begin to employ this strategy on Monday morning. Thanks again!

Annette says 9th January 2012

Thanks, a good starter and reviews what i already know works. This is my Summer holiday and I am giving myself a refresher, a helping of ‘peer support’ . I find it helpful to hear others being straightforward and sensible after a year at the coalface.

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Mo says 20th December 2011

Useful and of great help, especially to someone like myself who has just entered the profession. Thank you.

Senobie says 16th December 2011

I enjoy the shorter videos because I can not always sit so long. Good enformation, makes me think.

Anna says 28th November 2011

Very useful, Thanks. what you said about giving them some thinking time and passing them the hot potato sounds very fair to me. You know, -embarrasing- them in front of the rest of the class and of course without spending much of your time and energy on them ais what makes them THINK of what to do next, that is reflect on their behaviour so far.

robplevin says 21st November 2011

Teodora, I do not have first-hand experience of your system so please accept my apologies if I am overlooking something here but are you telling me you do not have the power to dictate where a student sits in YOUR classroom? If so, it would appear that the students have the same level of authority as the staff – is that really true? Also, when you say warnings are useless because you ‘don’t have enough students’ I’m not sure I follow. A warning is given ONCE… to ONE student… if you have one student you have ‘enough’ students.

    Juan Rodriguez says 24th March 2012

    I think, sometimes is the energy that we, as a teacher transmit to our students and we are not always at our 100%, the questions is to be calm and don´t get mad in class.
    In Mexico, we have from 30 to 50 students per class and it is not easy to control and movate them, so, as Teodora says,, students are always talking or pluged to the movil. What I do is to stop giving the class and wait for students silence. when I get it, I continue the class. Honesty, not always works.

Teodora Tatar says 21st November 2011

These consequences do not apply in my country. In Romania students have only rights while teachers must listen to everyone.
Warning are useless because we do not have enough students and they know that if they do not pass the exams there will not be a job for us teachers. So…

Denise Zutrauen says 21st November 2011

Thank you for sharing these strategies. I will definitely take these into my repertoire and more consistently apply them, although the follow through is more difficult when you are a supply teacher. Love your work.. and find it very helpful to beginning teachers especially!.

Ms. Jeffreys says 20th November 2011

Thank you. That was very helpful for a classroom situation. I will have to modify the same strategy to use it in a home setting with a 10-year old special needs kid, who does not totally comprehend “consequences”. He loves to throw frisbees, etc. at the TV, or down the stairs, and taking the items away for the rest of the evening have not achieved the desired results yet (this behaviour have been going on for months or over a year).
I look forward to the “Cry Baby Contract” version for “Parents”. Thanks again.

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