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6 Creative Behaviour Management Strategies to Engage Primary Students – Videos

From being careful not to wake sleeping giants, to learning the art of Spongebob Shakespeare, behaviour expert Sue Cowley shares her favourite tricks for keeping children quiet and focused in the classroom...

  • 6 Creative Behaviour Management Strategies to Engage Primary Students – Videos

If you want to watch the full video with all of these segments in one go, you can find it here. And there are loads more of Sue Cowley’s behaviour management videos to be found on our YouTube Channel Tips for Teachers.


1 | Managing your classroom with music

Manage your classroom behaviour with a xylophone. Really. Children will become accustomed to your voice and will start to tune it out, so what you need is a sound they’re not expecting to grab their attention. It might be a bell, or it might be, yes, a xylophone.


2 | Imaginative transitions that keep the class calm

If you want to move your class from their desks to the carpet, or from one room to another, it’ll probably happen in a noisy and haphazard manner. So why not give them imaginative tasks to do like sneaking across the room or have them pretend they’re moving in outer space with no gravity. Silent and smooth. Perfect.


3 | Get pupils to quickly and quietly tidy your classroom

The end of a lesson, or worse, the end of the day, can often be a nosiy time of chucking things away and clanging chairs under the desk. This exercise of playing statues can help train children to clear the classroom quietly and efficiently.


4 | A simple toy to keep your classroom quiet

Offering children the incentive of a pet can help them to work calmly. But don’t worry, you don’t need to suddenly house and feed 30 rabbits or hamsters in your classroom. Toys work just as well, as Sue shows here.


5 | Grab pupils’ attention with Spongebob Shakespeare

Call and response is a well-known technique for grabbing children’s attention, but you can spice it up even more by combining learning with children’s favourite cartoons, such as in this activity, Spongebob Shakespeare.


6 | Stop children from wasting time

We’ve all heard (and maybe said) ‘it’s your own time your wasting’, but using a visual representation of wasted time actually gets children to realise how valuable it is.


If you want to watch the full video with all of these segments in one go, you can find it here. And there are loads more of Sue Cowley’s behaviour management videos to be found on our YouTube Channel Tips for Teachers.

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