Getting to grips with challenging behaviour

Victoria Haughton
07th March 2018
Reflective secondary school student thinking about her challenging behaviour

Confidently tackle poor behaviour and encourage learners to reflect upon their actions with these accessible tools

Although no classroom is always full of angels, there may be times when students’ behaviour reaches unacceptable levels. Knowing when to intervene is vital for keeping disruption to a minimum, but doing so in an approachable manner can be tricky.

To help you out, we’ve selected some of our favourite resources, that will give you the tools to tackle more challenging behaviour while encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their actions.

Managing challenging behaviour

Understanding why pupils act in a certain way is one of the first steps to an effective intervention. Get to grips with the causes behind poor behaviour with the help of this comprehensive booklet, before reflecting upon your classroom management style with this thought-provoking pack.

Establish positive relationships with more difficult students using this intervention unit, which will encourage learners to focus on why they make decisions that will get them in trouble. Or, why not watch this informative video, jam-packed with ideas on how to be more assertive in hostile classroom environments?

Managing Challenging Behaviour

This booklet is in two modules, first 'setting the scene&' where issues surrounding the behaviour of children in school today are discussed. Second &';personal attitudes' are examined through quizzes such as classroom management styles, causes of different behaviours and feedback from self assessments.
By WillsonEducation

Causes of Challenging Behaviour - CPL / CPD

Part of a series of sessions on SEN. This one, originally designed for delivery as part of the NPSLBA programme, looks at underlying causes of unacceptable behaviour - and encourages staff to think analytically about what might be happening in their classroom. To maintain copyright, the presentation is made available as read only powerpoint (click the 'read only' option on opening) or as a PDF. I am also available to come & deliver this as part of INSET in schools, work commitments permitting. --> For more:
By Matt Grant

Parent/child - Behaviour and me

This course is aimed at establishing a ‘relationship’ with a difficult student; looking at who and what they trust and why they make the decisions which get them into trouble. It differs from other ‘About me’ interventions as its main focus is on poor behavior, difficult relationships, poor decisions and choices of the student.

This course digs quite deep into the student’s life and who is in it; you would benefit from looking at their files and seeing who lives with them and any difficult events which they have had to endure. Prepare yourself for possible student out bursts or eruptions of emotion whilst they go through the process.

Swearing at staff/parents/family
Persistent refusal to follow instructions
Any level of verbal/physical abuse
Violent outbursts
Getting into trouble with the police

Does your child exhibit any of the following behaviours?
(Some may not be connected to the issues within the family or they may be, children often use different coping methods when faced with difficulties)

Self injury/harm
Openly expresses alcohol and drug use
Expresses worthlessness/ fear/ anxiety
Difficult relationships at home

The sessions are divided into roughly one hour x 6 weeks plus follow up session, however, depending on the age and concentration level of your child you could split the sessions further. Each session will have 3 worksheets to complete, you could do one at a time.

Getting to know me – How the student views themselves, school and those around them.
Who do I need? – This session focuses upon who is important in their lives, good and bad!
Who am I? – This session is regarding what aspects of the student’s personality, affects their actions and attitude towards anger.
Red mist – This session is recognising that anger is often at the heart of poor behaviour, so how does anger affect them?
Stuck in the middle – This session deals with looking at behaviours from a different perspective.
Look at all that I have – This session is all about looking at what they can change and to plan for issues and deal with them, when they come up.
Ongoing support – looking to the future using the lessons learned.
By Sunshine-Groups

Teachers TV: Policing Challenging Behaviour

Science teacher Dr Sarah Longshaw visits a police training academy in an effort to learn how to gain more control over her Year 10 class. She receives a behaviour management lesson from police trainer PC Donna Gair, PC Gair trains the recruits in verbal and non-verbal communication skills, which will enable them to take control of difficult situations. Will PC Gair be able to help Dr Longshaw to be more assertive in the classroom and in turn enable her Year 10 students to take more control of their own behaviour?
By Teachers TV

Encouraging responsibility

Repair relationships and help students recognise the impact that their actions have on others with this restorative justice workbook, designed to prevent future conflicts. Similarly, this emotional intelligence pack is ideal for helping learners identify and communicate their feelings to others in an appropriate manner.

This collection of classroom management sheets is ideal for encouraging older pupils to take responsibility for their actions. Alternatively, younger students can practise responding to emotion-fuelled situations with this twist on a classic board-game.

Behaviour - Restorative Justice Workbook

A workbook designed to resolve harm or conflict and prevent the situation for occurring again.

Students take responsibility for their actions and recognise the impact they have on others. They then try to repair relationships and plan for the future.
By tamsaine

Emotional Intelligence: Activities for Student Well-Being

Teaching emotional intelligence could help students handle situations effectively, be able to identify, communicate their feelings to other people and could help them read situations and relationships. It could also help them regulate their emotions and help them respond appropriately to others.

This Emotional Intelligence resource focuses on 4 areas:
1. Intrapersonal
2. Interpersonal
3. Stress Management
4. General Mood

This emotional intelligence resource includes:

a. Definition of Emotional intelligence
b. Signs of high emotional intelligence
c. Signs of low emotional intelligence
d. Activities on the 4 focused areas
e. Processing questions to facilitate better learning experiences
By A Plus Learning

Classroom Management Tools

Included here are three tools for managing an older grade level classroom. These tools make students accountable for their own actions and worked wonders when I taught in an inner-city middle school.

Hand out the "rights, responsibilities, and consequences" sheet at the beginning of the year and review thoroughly. The "behavior reflection" sheet gets handed out as needed and the "weekly behavior report" gets filled out weekly for each student. The weekly behavior report might seem like a lot of work, but it really makes a difference in the overall community feel of the classroom. Additionally, there is a "teacher evaluation sheet" included. Hand this out at a few points in the middle of the year so you can hear constructive feedback from your students about your performance. Grades aren't always given just to them!

All first three documents are editable, while the teacher evaluation is not.
By Kimberly Masiello

Emotions Snakes and Ladders

This is a lesson plan sample from a scheme of work I developed from a project based on developing emotional intelligence and resilience as part of a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Project. For more information on this project please contact me on sexedukation [at] Lesson aims -For students to play snakes and ladders with an emotional learning twist. -For students to continue to develop and reinforce skills in the positive way to deal with problems. -For students to reflect on their experiences.
By Alice Hoyle

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