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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds For me, good behaviour is the pupils being engaged in their learning and making progress. When the teacher asks you to do something, you can reply straight away, you can listen, you understand what the teacher’s saying. People sitting down in the classroom, not shouting across the classroom and doing their work and being quiet. Using their prior learning of what’s expected in the classroom. For me, I just think it’s if they’re paying attention, and they’re following simple instructions when I ask straight away. As soon as they walk through the room, and sit down, and in my classroom, anyway when they get their trays and they’re just ready to learn, and that’s when the engagement starts.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds Being a role model and showing other people what’s right. Good behaviour to me looks like the student who concentrates on their work, works hard during the lesson and doesn’t cause disruptions in the class for other students. It’s a calm, settled classroom with children focussed on their learning and listening to staff and working together. When I’m not being rude to someone, or I’m not acting a different way that I would in class. Where you have a youngster that’s emotionally settled, managing their feelings, engaged with the learning. Being able to move into the world around us to be able to work in a sociable society, to have a really good social interaction.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds I suppose good behaviour to me is behaviour that’s appropriate in the circumstances. It means a lot to me good behaviour controls your actions. I think the willingness to learn from the pupils, to follow and listen to staff instructions and accepting help when needed. I expect pupils to to listen, follow instructions and enjoy their learning really. If a people leave the room having learnt according to their potential having had their needs met, having interacted in a healthy way, then good behaviour’s just happened.

What does good behaviour mean to different people?

In this video, you will find a series of responses that will help you to consider the following questions:

  • What does good behaviour mean to you?
  • How do you know that behaviour in your classroom is good?
  • What is the impact of negative behaviour on the classroom?
  • Can teaching staff plan for good behaviour?
  • How does behaviour affect learning?

This will help us to identify good behaviour from a range of different viewpoints, ensuring that you are able to investigate the definition of ‘good behaviour’ from different perspectives.

This is a critical activity as it will prepare you to reflect upon the behaviour in your own classroom/school and the impact that it has on all stakeholders.

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Challenging Behaviour: Strategies for Helping Young People

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