Pupils with chronic behaviour problems view the classroom as their stage and each lesson as an opportunity to practice their disruptive skills. The ‘drip drip’ effect on both the pupil and the morale of the teacher can be immense. It interrupts the whole learning environment and, if not addressed, chronic behaviour problems can escalate into acute and severe problems.
This DVD teaches powerful strategies to: • reduce incidents of chronic misbehaviour • de-escalate, rather than escalate, the situation • encourage pupils to make good decisions about behaviour and return to ‘on task’ behaviour.
Section 1 outlines the difference between chronic and acute behaviour problems. You explore the effects of chronic issues, particularly on the teacher in terms of self esteem, professional competence, interruption to learning, anger and frustration.
Section 2 demonstrates practical examples of ‘off task’ behaviour problems, such as fidgeting and lack of attention (disruptive and non-disruptive), agitated movement, bringing the wrong equipment, wearing the wrong uniform, calling out, leaving the seat, interrupting the learning of others by chatting or making physical contact, and refusal to comply to clear instructions. You explore a hierarchy of responses involving: • physical proximity • proximity praise • secret signals • location change • work order change • rewards and consequences.
Section 3 examines how to increase the level and effectiveness of your responses if chronic behaviour still persists. You explore practical examples of one-to-one conferences, planning your approach, working in partnership with colleagues, parents and carers, benchmarking behaviour and monitoring progress.
Section 4 is a question and answer session with the studio audience, and includes a final review of suggested strategies.