Teaching approaches: Classroom management

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Consider the Research - Starting Point

Research by Croll and Moses (2000) and Miller (1996) argued that teachers feel that 80 per cent of the causes of challenging behaviour amongst pupils are due to ‘within child’ or ‘home’ factors. This view is counteracted by research by Beaman and Wheldall (2000) who found:

• on-task behaviour of the same pupils varies across subjects and between teachers;

• when the level of teachers’ positive verbal interventions increases, there is an increase in the level of pupils’ on-task behaviour.

In session 1 (page 5) of the Behaviour and attendance training materials: core day 1 (Ref. DfES 0392-2003) there is a list of statements about common beliefs and attitudes held by teachers. Consider these two:

• the pupil who likes to be in trouble has yet to be born;

• good behaviour needs to be taught.

To what extent do you agree with the findings and statements above? What is your starting point?


You may find the resources on the Behaviour 2 Learn site useful (mostly Open Government Licence) http://www.behaviour2learn.co.uk/site/index.php

Relevant resources


CPD Group Work - Maintaining Momentum
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Keep going! Maintaining momentum in group work activities
This resource discusses some practical classroom management(ta) strategies for maintaining momentum in group work(ta) activities.
Classroom management Classroom Management
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Managing a classroom for learning
This resource is a longer DfES document on classroom management(ta), from which some shorter more focused documents are drawn (see related resources). It highlights the importance of constructive language(ta), Ground Rules for learning, and the role of clear expectations in building a constructive classroom environment for interactive pedagogy.
VLE Using a VLE in the Classroom
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Using a VLE to support the teaching of French
This activity uses a VLE to help pupils develop their language(ta) and vocabulary(ta) skills using games(tool) and a range of teacher-produced digital media. These resources were also available to the pupils out of school to support them with their homework(ta), thus equipping pupils with more independent study skills(topic). The teacher also used the VLE to support their own classroom management(ta), using data from the VLE to record which tasks the pupils has worked on.