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What are you losing sleep about?

How does negative behaviour in the classroom impact on the wellbeing of teachers? In this article, we begin to identify and rank this behaviour.
Teachers support a stressed colleague in the staffroom.
Negative behaviours can sometimes seem so wide ranging and all-encompassing that it’s difficult to know where to start tackling them. You have already considered behaviours which have the biggest impact on learning during Week 1. This exercise will allow you to rank behaviours in order of their severity in terms of their impact on you. Doing so will help you decide if there are any you would like to tackle first and begin the process of thinking of how you will do it. You will return to think about this again in later weeks.
Access the table ‘What are you losing sleep about’ in your workbook. On the page below, you will see a list of behaviours that you may see in your day to day work. Place them into the boxes in order of those that upset you or cause you most stress at the top and the ones that affect you least near the bottom.
Behaviours you may see in your day to day work
Fidgeting or fiddling with equipmentBullying
Swinging on chairsVerbal aggression directed at staff
Using mobile devicesPersonal insults directed at staff
Disturbing other childrenLack of engagement
Not having the correct equipmentSneering/’tutting’
Calling outInappropriate moving around the room
Purposely making noise to gain attention‘Blanking’/ignoring staff
Not getting on with/refusing workSmirking/laughing at staff
Answering back/arguing or questioning instructionsPhysical aggression toward other pupils
SwearingPhysical aggression towards staff
Verbal aggression toward other pupilsSeemingly random, ‘bizarre’ behaviours
Arguing with other pupils‘Rearranging’ or tipping furniture
Refusal to comply with instructions-saying ‘no’Disruptively entering the room
LatenessRefusing sanctions
Defacing/destroying workSpitting
ThrowingBlatant/nonchalant unacceptable effort
Remember, we are talking about behaviours that most affect the way you feel and your personal wellbeing. These may not necessarily be the ones that cause most disruption or have the biggest impact on learning.
Is there a behaviour that particularly affects you that we’ve neglected to mention? Simply add it into the most appropriate space.
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