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Managing Behaviour in the Classroom: Tips and Strategies for Supply Teachers and Teaching Assistants

As a supply teacher or teaching assistant, one of the biggest challenges you may face is managing behaviour in the classroom. With different students, different levels of understanding and different classroom environments, it can be a daunting task. However, with the right tips and strategies, you can effectively manage behaviour and create a positive learning environment for all students.

Here are some tips and strategies to help you manage behaviour in the classroom:

  1. Establish clear expectations: Set clear expectations for behaviour at the beginning of the lesson or day. This can include rules around listening, talking, and working quietly. Explain the consequences for breaking the rules and be consistent in enforcing them.
  2. Build positive relationships: Build positive relationships with your students by getting to know them individually. This can involve asking them about their interests or hobbies, engaging them in conversation, and showing interest in their progress.
  3. Use positive reinforcement: Encourage positive behaviour by using positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, stickers, or rewards. This can help to reinforce good behaviour and make students feel appreciated.
  4. Use a range of teaching strategies: Incorporate a range of teaching strategies to keep students engaged and focused. This can include group work, active learning, and visual aids.
  5. Be consistent: Consistency is key when managing behaviour in the classroom. Ensure that your expectations and consequences are consistent across all students and lessons.
  6. Be proactive: Identify potential behaviour problems before they occur and be proactive in addressing them. This can involve moving students to different seats or providing extra support where necessary.
  7. Seek support: If you are struggling with behaviour management, seek support from other teachers, senior staff members or educational psychologists. They may be able to provide additional strategies or support to help you manage difficult behaviour.

In summary, managing behaviour in the classroom can be a challenge, but with the right strategies, you can create a positive learning environment for all students. By establishing clear expectations, building positive relationships, using positive reinforcement, using a range of teaching strategies, being consistent, being proactive and seeking support, you can effectively manage behaviour and create a successful teaching and learning environment.

Remember, as a supply teacher or teaching assistant, your role is critical in ensuring that students feel supported and motivated to learn. By using these tips and strategies, you can create a safe and productive classroom environment that benefits all students.

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