September 19, 2012

Behaviour for learning– Unit 1

I feel that a smart appearance will positively influence the way pupils learn as they will see you as a model and therefore may respect their own appearance, leading by example. I also feel correct use of the English language is paramount as one cannot teach English well if they do not respect the rules of the language. However, I feel that language must still be relatable to the student, so the use of complex words without giving a definition may have a negative influence on learning and must be avoided.

Body language can create a relationship with pupils which can install confidence and the ability for them to feel safe to share their ideas. This can be done in a variety of ways, including an open, friendly body language for when you are inviting pupils to speak, but also an authoritative one when you are addressing the class, so they know that you are in charge and not them. Eye contact can allow a pupil to know that they are able to speak and create inclusion within the classroom, but can also help with behavioral management, as a pupil will know that you are watching them and so may not misbehave, or stop the unproductive behavior they are displaying, if conscious that they are not slipping under the radar. Gestures are important, as they can not only create enthusiasm for a subject, but also indicate who is allowed to speak and where the attention should be focused within the classroom. Behaviors should always promote a positive environment, but should create a small amount of difference to show you are the teacher and in control, and not just another pupil. This can be done using your voice, with a friendly tone indicating that the pupils are safe to discuss and share, but a sterner tone being used to indicate that pupils should not continue with a certain type of behavior. However, volume should always remain low to average, as shouting does not appear to help and may make the volume of the whole classroom escalate. I feel that sometimes a lower volume may actually quiet the class down, as they have to be quiet to hear what you are saying, if what you are saying is interesting and engaging.

One should always consider the space around them, and try to circulate around the room to make all pupils aware that you are aware of them, to control behavior and create a positive environment of inclusion within the classroom. However, when explaining a task, the teacher may stop to make sure what they say is not lost within the space. Relationship to other teachers and parents should be professional and considerate, again modeling behavior that you wish pupils to display.

Finally, relationships with pupils should cater towards their individual needs, making them feel valued as individuals, but also staying professional and not ‘matey’. You are, however friendly, still the adult in the situation. Using these techniques I feel that the classroom would be a positive place, fashioned for learning.

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