Catch them in, don’t catch them out!

Negative classroom behaviour is one of the biggest issues many face in the classroom. Much has been written about it and how you can achieve more positive behaviour over the years. Staples such as Cowley and her buggers, Bennett and his ramblings, Beadle and his ideas on how to teach have really helped; it’s one of the most difficult aspects of the job.

Something I’ve always found to be helpful though is remembering that positive relationships (however difficult, remembering that we are the adults in the room) are the way forward to having a big impact on pupil progress. This was highlighted by Hattie in his research where he found that teacher – pupil relationships can have an effect size of 0.72 which is pretty huge.

In my experience, creating positive relationships is the road to decent classroom behaviour (something which Hattie recognises as having an effect size of 0.8!). There are lots of ways you can build positive relationships with your pupils:

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