Lets get to the point quickly. What should all classroom teachers do to nail behaviour management?
- Be very clear about the rules in your classroom. Tell the story about why it is so important and how it reflects the sky-high expectations you have for all your students.
- Simultaneously be strict on the rules and warm and relaxed. Never shout.
- Embed routines such as SLANT, entering and exiting the classroom, and gaining 100% silence when you want it. Practice this until the students know these without having to think about it.
- Follow through with consequences for those who break the fair rules. Be clear to everyone: the students, the parents and fellow teachers about how important your rules are for all students to succeed.
Easier said than done I know.
*All of this is far, far easier with strong, clear whole-school policies.