TES is reporting that a new report suggests trainees should graduate with a portfolio of videos in which they demonstrate behaviour management techniques with real classes.
The lack of guaranteed behaviour management training is a “glaring omission” in teacher training, the government’s behaviour tsar Tom Bennett has said.
The report, published today, has called for behaviour training to be delivered by someone with “recent” classroom experience and for it to be revisited throughout the training year. Time in schools should also be put aside to give trainees more time to think and reflect on how to improve.
“Behaviour management training is sometimes good, it is sometimes not so good,” Tom Bennett told TES. “Teachers don’t have guaranteed access to a range of strategies in their training on how to handle behaviour in the classroom.”
“That is not just a small thing to be fixed, but a glaring omission because running a classroom is one of the most crucial things a teacher can do.”
“Wherever possible we should be training teachers in a practical way. It’s ridiculous to ask someone to learn how to run a classroom through a lecture or a handout, or worse still just assume they are going to pick it up in school as they go along.”
What more can be done to ensure behaviour management is properly learnt and applied by trainee teachers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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