Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsJane: All right, hello everyone, and hello Yeasmin. Back for our second video diary of the Managing Behaviour for Learning MOOC. And we've got to the end of Week 3 and Yeasmin and l are still really, really enjoying the course and enjoying reading your comments. And, as ever, continuing to learn a lot as we go through it. So Yeasmin, would you like to start this week?
Skip to 0 minutes and 24 secondsYeasmin: Yeah, sure, Lakshmi's comment from Week 2 caught my eye, she had a question.
Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsIt's quite an overarching, very important question. Do you think that if we change the teacher's behaviour, that we get a good outcome from the classroom? Absolutely yes, I mean, that's what this whole course is about. It's about teacher action. So we do, we appreciate. And we all know that behavior management, and the behavior that students bring into the classroom with them has many ingredients behind it. However, it's our positivity and our strategy that this course is focused on. And it's based on the principle that that is actually the most powerful and important factor, psychologically speaking. Would you agree with that, Jane?
Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsJane: Absolutely, I think that links really well with your Haim quote at the end of our last video diary, doesn't it, Yeasmin?
Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsYeasmin: Yes it does, indeed.
Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsJane: Yes, so moving on, we've enjoyed looking at the Padlets with the class rules. And one particularly caught our eye was that from Rosemary, who's produced a lovely poster within the three rules on. And what I like about this is, for a start, it's just very easy on the eye, isn't it? It's pleasant to look at, and it draws you in. And you want to read it as soon as you see those lovely images. And the second thing I really like about it. And she has very succinctly got three rules, which, I think, if you follow those rules, you're gonna have a pretty good classroom, aren't you?
Skip to 2 minutes and 3 secondsAnd then the next thing I like is that there's just a little bit of expansion about each rule. I just love that Listening Bodies. It just tells you, doesn't it? That listening is about using your whole body. You are going to be looking at the speaker, you are going to be relaxed and giving them your full attention. And it just gives that extra little bit, and I will follow instructions. And that lovely lovely picture of the little girl there with the Listening Body. And then the next one with the helping hands. Just creating that environment where everyone's going to take responsibility for the classroom. So again, really, really nice.
Skip to 2 minutes and 45 secondsAnd then, the Caring Hearts, thinking about how we're going to treat the people around us. So everybody on the course team really loved that one, Rosemary. Fantastic poster, so thank you very, very much for sharing that. And before I hand back over to Yeasmin, I just wanted to mention another one. Rosie has put a post on about some reward bracelets. And I've put a link to this, to her comment and her Padlet in the comments of this afterwards. And Rosie's comment in Padlet has received a lot of likes from people. And these bracelets, they can just easily be cut out and put round a child's wrist.
Skip to 3 minutes and 27 secondsWhich is lovely because they can actually have a little fiddle with that and look at it. And keep reminding themselves that it'll still be there at the end of the day when they go home. But again, it's being really, really specific. It says exactly what she liked about that child's behavior, so the child is in no doubt at all what they've done. And she's got a lovely one, which she had to explain to me, I've filled the bucket today. And if you go and read that comment, you'll find out what filling a bucket means, which was a new one on me and well worth reading about. And I'll pass you back to Yeasmin now.
Skip to 3 minutes and 59 secondsYeasmin: On the same theme really of positivity, Ramamurthy added this comment, I think in Week 3. So he said "True. A simple smile doesn't cost anything. Yet it can earn us everything. I am sure, every behavioral issue can be easily handled with a smile, but with a firm voice." I like that little addition there. So he said, "Smile like a baby, as it the only smile that has no expectations behind it." What a lovely comment. I think this caught my eye for a number of reasons. The message is clear, smiling, the importance of smiling. I think, though, that we can unpick this, though, why it's such an important message on a number of strategic levels.
Skip to 4 minutes and 47 secondsI think as behavior management goes, it's probably the quickest, smallest, easiest thing we can do to de-escalate a situation. And indeed, to prevent a situation maybe arising in the first place as well. There's so many impacts of smiling.. It humanizes us, so the students see us people and not just as the enemy [LAUGH] If we're smiling to individual students as well as to the whole class, then it makes that one-to-one connection. It shows us that we're interested in the student on a human level. We like them. We like you. We care about you. We're interested in you. So it brings us back to making that human connection. Which of course we then make use of on an educational level.
Skip to 5 minutes and 37 secondsAnd it really comes back to making that a positive climate for learning. So just to expand upon that a little bit, one of the things behavior management is about, is a story of two halves. It's about creating a positive environment. But also having sanctions and having penalties and sometimes punishment as well. But actually, when done well, there should be more of the positives. So by positives, we mean smiling, rewards, praise, recognition, enthusiasm. Exuding goodwill and demonstrating understanding. And the punishments, as mentioned, sanctions and penalties. And I think even with the negatives, we can make these negatives somewhat positive. By ensuring that when sanctions have to be delivered, that they're fair, they're consistent.
Skip to 6 minutes and 33 secondsThat we use neutral body language when we're delivering them. So we don't go the opposite of smiling and we don't turn angry but rather we stay neutral. We've got to be careful about designing the negatives, they should be age appropriate and scaled. Students should know why because it's an educational tool. Reasons should be made clear and the last bullet point is perhaps the most important one. It should be followed up. Any sanction should be followed up with restorative dialogue. We never leave the students on a negative. We show them that there was a reason why that punishment was delivered. And it's actually for the good of their education and the relationships. So we follow up with the restorative dialogue.
Skip to 7 minutes and 16 secondsSo smiling and positivity, more of the positivity, and certainly smiling is the cheapest way to get the biggest impact. Would you agree with that Jane?
Skip to 7 minutes and 27 secondsJane: Absolutely, totally. I always think of smiling as my not so secret weapon because I don't seem to have much else in my armory. But you just get that smile out and it covers a multitude, from the youngest to the oldest. So I couldn't agree more, Yeasmin. And then Adepeju made a - oh I don't need to come on to this slide. I'll go back. I moved forward prematurely. Linking to that, Adepeju made a comment about the reflective grids.
Skip to 7 minutes and 59 secondsHow positive it's been to himself, that positivity directed at himself. So I think it's so often as teachers, we try very hard to be positive with our young people and the students and the children. And we can be really harsh on ourselves, can't we? So that is such a valuable point thank you very much for making it. Again, I'll put a link to his comment in the comments.
Skip to 8 minutes and 23 secondsAnd I think that links, again, really well, to what we were saying last time. We are the most important resource in that classroom. And if we don't treat ourselves kindly, how can we have the energy and the enthusiasm to pass on to our children? So thank you very much for that Adepeju. And then, again, linking back to our video diary last time. Peyman made, well, first of all, can I just thank everyone? We had some really positive comments back, which Yeasmin and I really enjoyed reading. It made it all worthwhile. So we like a bit of positivity too, so thank you. But what Peyman made this lovely, lovely quote and this is what he wrote.
Skip to 9 minutes and 4 seconds"The children now love luxury, they have bad manners, contempt for authority. They show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of the households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers." Sound familiar? What I love about this, thank you so much, Peyman, is it was written by Socrates over 2,000 years ago. So maybe nothing changes, we always seem to think we're on the brink of moral decline and disaster. But I think it was ever thus, so thank you very much for that.
Skip to 9 minutes and 48 secondsAnd so please carry on the course, keep those comments coming. Yeasmin and I are enjoying reading them so much. If you haven't come across it yet, just a quick plug for the Questions and Answers session. Where Becca Knowles answered some of your questions and that can now be found on Step 3.1. Keep your questions coming for the next Question and Answer session, which is the week after next, I think. So keep on enjoying the course, enjoy the journey, bye.
Skip to 10 minutes and 21 secondsYeasmin: Bye.
Jane & Yeasmin's Video Diary
Jane & Yeasmin reflect on the preceding weeks.
As an experiment, and inspired by the use of weekly feedback videos used on some courses from Monash University, we’ve invited Jane & Yeasmin to have a go at reflecting on some of the things that have caught their attention in the preceding week.
Do anything of the things they mention resonate with you? Use the Comments below to share your thoughts.
“I promised a link to Rosie’s post about her recognition bracelets. It’s here and here is a link to her padlet with a picture of her bracelets. Well worth taking a look. And here is a link to Adepju’s lovely post about how positive he has found using the reflection grid.”
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