The "Triangle" Behaviour management model.
This model of behaviour management centres around using the triangle on the left. You MUST know your class to use this effectively.
1 - Split the students in the class into the 3 categories...
- Excellent: do everything they are asked, no behaviour issues.
- OK: do most things eventually, but may need encouragement, some minor behaviour issues.
- Poor: rarely complete work, serious behaviour issues.
- NEVER NEVER NEVER share this with the students OR design a seating plan clearly splitting the students into these categories.
2 - The aim of the model is threefold:
- To enable you to see which students are often ignored as they do all that you ask, these are often the Excellent students who are rarely praised and just get on with the work. They commonly feel ignored.
- To enable you to see how few students really fit in the poor category, and think about how much time you are spending working with them in lessons... the fewest students taking up the majority of your time and effort.
- To allow you to identify individual students that you want to move up the triangle, in order to improve the behaviour of the entire class.
3 - How to use the triangle... Having split the students into the 3 categories and designed an appropriate seating plan.
- The aim of the triangle is to move students' behaviour upwards, to end up with most students in the excellent category and possibly a few on the border between excellent and OK.
- Whenever you see something that is good praise it! Regardless of which student it is coming from, this system has to generate positive reinforcement of good work and behaviour or it is not going to work.
- Begin to reward and praise the excellent children, spend more time in the lessons with these students checking that they fully understand the work. Give more of your time to the students that want to learn and do well. The excellent students deserve your time and effort. When they are in a "bad" class they begin to wonder why they are bothering - make them remember why they work hard and let them know you know.
- The poor students... think about how much time you are spending working with them in lessons... the fewest students taking up the majority of your time and effort. This needs to stop... start to tactically ignore them unless they are being downright dangerous - most of their small low level distraction style behaviour is attention seeking and when they don't get type of attention they are after they often calm down.
- HOWEVER! If it is something BIG - deal with it!!! Use the school systems.
- At no point should you ignore the bad behaviour entirely... but you can tactically ignore it during the lesson and deal with it at the end. Another way of dealing with it is while wandering position yourself by the worst miscreant.
- Look at the OK students, these are the "sheep" they will follow the majority... so you want the majority doing well! Again, spend more time with these students, catch them doing things well and praise them, boost their self-confidence. Aim to move one of these OK students to excellent every couple of lessons. (Choose the easiest first and work down to the hardest!)
- After cracking the OK students it is time for the poor ones... They are going to be harder, but use the same tactics you used with the OK students, spend more time with them, praise them and reward them when they do something good. The one thing you have to accept with this group is that there are likely to be a few students that will never move up the triangle in every school, should you have one of these use the school systems to deal with them appropriately.
- As I have already said... at no point in this process should poor behaviour be ignored entirely, but I recommend that it is dealt with after the lesson, so that the students get the benefit of your teaching during the lesson and can get on with their learning. Plus the added benefit of dealing with the miscreants during their free time is it is seen as a punishment!
This is ONE model of behaviour management - please don't use it without the full support of an experienced teacher!