Managing your own behaviour – PP12

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

Our topic of the week is managing your own behaviour.

This week we present the second exclusive audio seminar in our series. This time, Paul talks about how to manage your own behaviour as a teacher in the emotionally secure classroom.

How do the learners in your classroom (including you) deal with emotional responses and keep them in check?

 The role model at home for some children may not be the most appropriate one. So your modelling is absolutely key. Classrooms where emotional responses from the teacher are the norm can be difficult and frightening.

Paul recounts a story about a teacher from his own childhood who behaved in an unpredictable, emotional way to control the class – throwing a board rubber, for example. The children became more interested in avoiding the board rubber than in the learning which was supposed to be going on. No-one could predict how this teacher would react due to his emotional moods. The pupils didn’t have a chance to feel secure and safe and therefore able to learn.

Even though we are unlikely to see this kind of behaviour from a teacher today, the emotional responses we do see can be just as frightening.

This does not mean that teachers should turn into emotionless automatons…

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