Tips on how to teach good behaviour

9th December 2005 at 00:00
From Sue Hackman, director of the national strategies (left).

* Teach pupils how to take turns during speaking and listening exercises, rather than interrupting one another.

* Encourage children to work in groups, possibly with an elected chair of each group reporting back to the class at the end.

* In English lessons, pupils can have classroom discussions on appropriate ways to behave.

* Also in English, teachers can examine appropriate ways to speak to people in different situations.

* In drama, children can be asked to act out conflict situations and improvise solutions.

* In RE, they can learn tolerance, and the importance of valuing other people's cultural traditions.

* In science or design and technology, unpick the dynamics of group-work, so that pupils ensure no one feels left out or alienated.

* In maths, ask pupils to explain their working: this encourages them to reflect on their actions. Analogies can then be drawn with behaviour.

* History teachers can draw analogies between global conflicts and conflicts on a school or friendship scale. Pupils can then examine how problems escalate.

* In geography, pupils can examine how people's lives are disturbed by natural disasters, and how they respond to this disturbance. They can also discuss how people work within and fit into different societies.

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