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Dealing with Difficult Behaviour

Part of the series Wellbeing at Work

  Dealing with Difficult Behaviour

Summary

Strengthen your classroom management and discipline by watching the dramatised reconstruction of a disruptive classroom, with experts suggesting the best ways for teachers to deal with incidents of misbehaviour.

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A science teacher struggles to control a disruptive class. The reconstruction of this true story shows his attempts to end the chaos and instil discipline.

The panel explains the actions he should take and suggests ways to restore order and authority. They also advise primary and secondary teachers on how to deal with pressured situations and where to find support.

The panel includes motivation and creativity consultant, Richard Gerver, counselling psychologist Dr Victoria Galbraith, and Hannah Essex of the Teacher Support Network.

This enhanced video gives access to extra video and resources directly from the video player.

 
 

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    • Bad Behaviour
      22 February 2010 - 16:15

      The first thing to realise is that what is being called "difficult behaviour" is (as once well-recognised) BAD behaviour - and would be better so expressed and thus more widely conceived.

      The solutions to so many problems of schooling are largely to be found in modern teachers' conceptual conditioning - their managed (often trained) minds. Listening to experts merely labelling and describing rather than explaining is a part of their problem.

      But even the nature of those misplaced mental inductions are not without influence from other sources. When, for instance, listening to the media today, will you ever hear the words "bad language". Never. It is always referred to as "strong language".

      So will it be conceptually seen as our weaker brethren who cannot sustain what is misleadingly called "strong" language.

      What we suffer from is the fear and insufficiency of really "strong" language, that which is really such, but which is NOT thereby "bad" language.

      The fundamental problem however was stated in the film - "They would even break equipment deliberately; KNOWING THAT I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT."

      When I attended 13 different schools (peacetime and wartime removals of my air-force father) discipline was no problem at any single one of them- simply since bad behaviour was in our minds totally connected with punishment that was distinctly unpleasant. And it was just the knowledge of that alone, which meant that such real unpleasantness was even then rarely used - but when so performed and witnessed was almost totally mentally effective as a future deterrent.

      No teacher would have then been so stupid as to call us, or our behaviour, "difficult" - rather than punishable.

      And the film presumes, that the solutions to that bad behaviour shown, lie within any given teacher's own individual hands, when they constitute those of the profession and of those mere laballing experts themselves.