Before I became a homeroom teacher, one thing I read mostly about was behaviour management. I had assisted most of the wonderful teachers in my school but I still thought reading how other teachers managed behaviour in their classrooms would give me an added advantage. I was also mindful of the fact that one strategy will not fit all so I was ready to customize some of the strategies to suit my new classroom environment. To add to that, my school operates a sound behaviour policy which is effectively being implemented.
This is my second academic year as a home room teacher so I will also like to share some of the strategies that has been of immerse help at this budding stage of my teaching career.
1. House point.
We have four houses namely Red house, Blue house and Yellow house and Green house. The students are awarded a maximum of 5 points for a good behaviour or contribution. An assembly is organized monthly to celebrate and reward the house with the highest accumulation of house points among the 4 houses. In addition, individual learners with the highest total of house points in their classes are awarded with a certificate popularly known as ‘Queen’ or ‘King’ of the class.
2. Teacher’s Helper
The chance to be the teacher’s helper sounds too good to miss. Learners constantly put up their best at all times, assisting colleagues and completing tasks on time. Mostly the Teacher’s helper has the responsibility of helping the teacher in distributing resources, leading the line, explaining a concept they are confident about to a friend, rallying colleagues to keep the class neat and tidy etc. Also, the students have the privilege of sitting in the teacher’s chair for the day.
3. Good news slip
The learners receive a small chit indicating any of the ten(10) learner profile they have exhibited or portrayed. There is a spacious column to scribe a brief comment detailing the profile they displayed or portrayed worth rewarding. The students are allowed to take the chit home to show it to their parents and return it the following day to be kept in a visibly displayed paper pouch with their names bodly inscribed on it. The catch about the Good news slip is that at the end of the term, the learners may exchange the chits for a wide range of stationery at the administration. The ability of the Good news slips to assess the 10 learner profiles makes it worth a little more. A learner with three good news slips automatically earns a Golden Ticket (to be discussed next).
4. Golden ticket
If there’s one thing that gets my learners enthused it’s this; Golden ticket. The learners have the chance to win a golden ticket for every two good news slips. The tickets are a cocktail of incentives printed on a yellow-themed cardboard to match it’s name– Golden tickets. We have created a ‘Golden ticket pouch’ where the learners randomly dip their hand in to select a ticket. The tickets selected are kept separately until the whole the pouch becomes empty and then we restock it.
5. Class meeting
I dedicate one lessons mostly on Fridays to meet as a class and discuss pertinent issues affecting us. We use the time to discuss things we need to improve and to congratulate or praise anyone who has done something worthy of mention. We have agreed on a general rule that we do not respond to things/behaviours we need to improve. To be honest, there had been a couple of times where the learners have questioned some of our decisions as teachers, lessons they enjoyed or otherwise, things they would like to see in the class etc. I’m particularly happy about the meeting because it’s a form of a reflection for both teachers and learners alike.
Do you have ways of managing behaviour in your class? What are some of the proven methods worth sharing?