How to stamp out silly behaviour in the classroom

Writing in the TES, primary teacher Steve Eddison argues that teachers need specific strategies to stamp out silliness before the behaviour goes too far…

Silly behaviour is part and parcel of childhood but it can often cross over into naughty behaviour. Learning where to draw the line and understanding when to crack the whip come with experience, writes Eddison, who teaches at Arbourthorne Community Primary School in Sheffield…

“In the fight against silliness, it is important to avoid declarations of war,” he writes. “It is far better to employ covert operations in a battle for hearts and minds. To this end, teachers must know their enemy (remember it’s the behaviour we are up against, not the child) and use their superior knowledge, skills and experience to defeat silliness in its own backyard.”

Low-level disruption requires low-level behaviour management. Eddison advises adopting a “clown” persona, such as his alter ego, Mr Grimchuckle…

For the full story, get the 24 April edition of TES 

 

So what are your best tips for nipping silly behaviour in the bud before it moves from low-level disruption to something more serious?

Do you employ an alter ego like Steve Eddison’s Mr Grimchuckle or go about things differently?

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