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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds I really hope you’ve enjoyed the course. More importantly, I hope your students have felt a positive impact from the course, and that your behavior management skills and techniques have improved as a result. I’m going to leave you with a checklist of 10 top tips. Remember, some of the things that you’re starting to do won’t have full effect for another 30 days. This is a drip, drip, drip effect. These are not techniques that are supposed to suddenly work miraculously. This is about the longer term. So here are my 10 top tips. Number one, Keep a focus on your own behavior.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds Keep calm, stay patient, and try to keep those frustrations that we all feel at times, at the door of the classroom. Number two, try to sustain a positive high regard for all of your students, regardless of their prior behavior. Number three, shoot one rabbit at a time. Simple routines, simple rules, the simpler the better. Less is more in the management of behavior. Number four, give real energy to the first few minutes of the lesson. Make your meet and greet as good as it can be. Number five, make your students feel valued, appreciated, and important. It’s not material reward to bribe them into behaving, it’s that feeling of pride that should be central to your behavior management.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds Number six, use a recognition board. Use sincere, private, meaningful praise. And consistently praise students for going over and above your minimum standards. Number seven, use micro scripts. Have a clear plan for intervening with poor behavior, so that you protect yourself and protect the dignity of the learner. Number eight, calmly step through negative consequences giving take up time, every time. Number nine, use a simple five step restorative conversation to reset expectations. Give a clean sheet for a new day. And to repair trust with students who have wobbled. And finally, follow up. Follow up every time. Follow up relentlessly. Follow up with your negative consequence. And perhaps more importantly, follow up with the positive stuff.

Skip to 2 minutes and 46 seconds The praise, the positive phone calls, and the post-it notes. From the National Science Learning Centers, and from me, Paul Dix from Pivotal Education, we wish you the very best of luck.

Top tips to take away

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Video Summary

Here are some top tips for supporting your self improvement when using behaviour management techniques. They are no quick fix. Like everything in life it takes persistence and practice on your part to make things happen and make things stick.

  1. Focus on what you can control - your own behaviours - be calm and patient
  2. Show positive high regard for ALL students regardless of previous behaviours
  3. Shoot one rabbit at a time - simple rules and simple routines - less is more
  4. Give classes your energy when you meet and greet - set the scene
  5. Help students feel valued, appreciated and important by judicious honest praise
  6. Use a recognition board to acknowledge behaviours above and beyond the norm
  7. Use planned micro-scripts that help preserve the dignity of students and yourself
  8. Keep calm when delivering negative consequences and always use take-up time
  9. Utilise 5-step restorative conversations to re-set expectations and repair trust
  10. Follow up every single time using praise, positive notes and postcards home

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Managing Behaviour for Learning

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