Three psychology tips to improve pupil behaviour

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When pupils misbehave it's possible that teachers are partially at fault for setting the wrong tone, writes Lekha Sharma

Three tips from psychology to help pupils manage pupil behaviour

It’s 9am. The dawn of a new day. Your lesson has just begun and you’re quietly optimistic that this will go just as you planned. Then a student in the fourth row starts rocking on their chair.

Within a few minutes, the whole thing has escalated. Forget the lesson: you’re now playing a game of behaviour-management chess with a defiant opponent. It’s the latest in a long line of incidents with this young person.

You have to get them over the line academically, but it feels impossible given their current attitude. What’s a teacher to do?

This is a scenario that I’ve quite often been faced with ...

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