Overcoming disruptions and distractions

Sian Evans
11th January 2019
paper aeroplane causing disruptions and distractions

Practical tools and supportive tips to help you keep on top of disruptive behaviour in the classroom

You might not see it coming, but there are always times of the year when student’s behavioural standards start to drop, chatter starts to increase and the simplest thing can distract them from the task in hand. Never fear! We’ve gathered together this selection of handy strategies, tools and techniques, which should help you to quickly resolve any disruption and ensure your lessons run smoothly.

KS3 Classroom behaviour, rewards and incentives chart

I use this system of classroom rewards and incentives for my KS3 students.
I have found that this system works well in providing incentives for good student accountability and motivation to do well in lessons through friendly competition and ensuring team work.

You will see from the attachments that my KS3 classes are divided into four teams and are awarded points for a prescribed set of criteria. At the end of the week I reward the students in the winning team.

I have attached charts for Years 7, 8 & 9. There are two copies of each, one with my rewards criteria and one without so that you may write in your own. All files are in PDF format. Either write in names etc by hand or use your PDF viewer to add annotations.

I hope you find these resources useful. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
By Craig Collins

Interactive behaviour checklist

This is an interactive behaviour checklist that replaces the smile/frown face ticklists that many teachers use to track behaviour throughout a lesson.

Simply cut-and-paste in the pupils' names from your class register, and the Excel spreadsheet automatically populates the checklist.

The behaviour labels can be customised to suit teachers' own management styles or to reflect their schools' behaviour policies.

The one-click buttons instantly raise or lower behaviour points, highlight pupils with an attractive rainbow color scheme (in the correct spectrum order), and provide instant display and feedback on every pupil's behaviour during the lesson .

There's even a random name picker for Q&A activities, revision, games...no more losing cups of lolly sticks!

I use a version that is customised to each of my classrooms, and it has simplified my behaviour management tremendously. I simply display the spreadsheet on my whiteboard at the start of the lesson, highlight pupil names in green for following expected routines or in yellow for silly behaviour, and I rarely need to speak over or otherwise compete with noise and distraction in my classroom...the colours speak louder than I ever could!

This is a generalised version meant for any teacher to pick and use right away (please note, this is a macro-enable Excel spreadsheet, and school staff may need to ask their IT departments to enable the content).
By madscientistchan

25+ Behaviour Strategies that work

A compendium of a range of strategies and tips on hew to develop a Behaviour for Learning climate and reduce low-level disruption.

This resource is ideal for staff CPD or professional learning.

Can be printed as a booklet or used in powerpoint presentation format for staff CPD.
By deakin66

Strategies for Low Level Disruption

Powerpoiont to be used for inset training on strategies for low level disruption
By annsp

Behaviour expectations and behaviour steps (sanctions and rewards)

Display resources detailing behaviour expectations, sanctions and rewards. Can easily be customised to suit your own sanction and reward systems. I printed, laminated and cut them out and used on a display window. I kept to 12 steps for sanctions and rewards so that I could display them like a clock face and used a ‘stop’ and ‘go’ sign to reinforce the rewards and sanctions. If you want any more information please email me on dinx67@hotmail.com. Do a search for Happy bones and you will find that resource, it is on the resource bank too!

By dinx67

Behaviour for Learning contract DETAILED

A more thorough and detailed behaviour contract split into specific areas such as Attitude to Peers/learners, attitude to staff/adults, attitude towards the learning environment, attitude to learning. There are consequences written in, but you can edit and change to suit the policies of your department or school.
I have found this vey useful for those persistently disruptive pupils, how really do need to see this level of detail about behaviour. Of course, you may find the student only have behaviour issues in one particular area, such as attitude to peers, so you can just use that as part of your behaviour contract.
By The Resource Writer

General behaviour prompts

Symbol and word behaviour prompt cards. Could be used on a lanyard or as part of a communication system. Would benefit all.

good walking
good listening
good looking
good sitting (on chair and on crossed legged)
good walking
good waiting
good lining up
quiet talking
no talking
no shouting
no running
kind hands
kind feet
kind words
By zvlovegrove

Teachers TV: Ignoring Disruptive Behaviour

Behaviour guru, Sue Cowley, works with a Key Stage 2 teacher at Whitton Middle School, Worcestershire, offering advice on maintaining lesson flow and dealing with distractions, in ‘Manage that Class with Sue Cowley’.

Using cameras and microphones concealed, Sue Cowley is able to observe and comment on a Year 5 lesson taught by Jenny Gunsten without being present in the class. Sue provides support and coaching to Jenny through a concealed earpiece.

She also provides a commentary on the lesson structure, pace and tone covering behaviour and learning issues.

By Teachers TV

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