Maria Williamson

Fixating on attachment will improve behaviour


A child’s attachment needs can draw out negative behaviours from teachers, which can in turn lead to disruptive behaviour and a detrimental impact on learning, argues Maria Williamson. So, how can teachers become more attachment aware?

Fixating on attachment will improve behaviour

You have 25 minutes of maths left before break. The pitch of yesterday’s lesson was a little off and you’re working with your focus group so that you can get them up to speed by the end of the week. Suddenly, you realise that you’ve forgotten Zain – you had made a note to work with him after marking his book yesterday.

You call him to the carpet, but as you start to talk to him, your attention is drawn towards Theo. He managed well in the previous lesson because you praised him so much that it was bordering on fanatical. Now he is on the other side of the room, tilted back on his chair ...

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