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Why Children Really Don’t Behave in the Classroom

Find out what your pupils' behaviour is really telling you with these videos from behaviour management expert Sue Cowley...

  • Why Children Really Don’t Behave in the Classroom

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 | Change children’s behaviour by changing your own

What if you’re contributing to children’s poor behaviour without realising? What can you do to avoid this? Well, while you can’t always control what children do and how they act, your own behaviour is the one thing you can do something about. Is the overexcited way you present a task overstimulating them and setting the tone for a hectic lesson? Are you talking too much, well beyond the point they’ve stopped listening? These are all things to consider.


2 | What’s behind a child’s bad behaviour?

As a teacher, what particular behaviour signs should you be looking out for? What might these signs be telling them? The key ones are those that affect how the child processes information. A consistent lack of focus, for example, may be to do with SEND, or getting into arguments with other children might tell you something about their social and emotional development.


3 | How to help children struggling with behaviour

So you’ve spotted some behavioural patterns, what next? Here, Sue explains how she helped a boy who lacked focus and would often wander out of his seat at the first opportunity.


4 | What happens when we misread children’s behaviour?

What signs in children’s behaviour are easy to misread? Defiance, for one, can be one teachers take personally. If this child is refusing to do the work, or to do as they’re told, it can be a logical step to presume they’re simply going against you. But there are many other explanations, whether it’s something to do with their home situation, or something like undiagnosed ADHD.


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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