Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Classroom behaviour : a developmental management approach


Developmental management aims not only to establish order but also to teach values. In a democratic culture, the idea that students should respect the rights of others is an essential learning outcome. This article discusses managing inappropriate behaviour, after focusing briefly on how to stimulate appropriate behaviour, so that misbehaviour is minimised. These techniques include avoiding disruption, keeping the lesson flowing, keeping students interested, keeping students accountable for learning, and making students feel monitored. The author then considers management strategies for the four categories of student behaviour, with the aim of developmental management being to move students efficiently from the lowest to highest, at which time all students will be acting responsibly. These strategies begin by setting up expectations for appropriate behaviour, which are based on rights and responsibilities. Classroom meetings aim to provide consensus through group decision making.

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