Check Your Teacher Behaviour At The Door Please

Does your Teacher Behaviour Make You the Worst Behaved in your Classroom?

Some teachers do themselves no favours at all. We all know relief teaching is a tough gig. But, honestly, some relief teachers need to give themselves an upper cut and these are the common behaviours why.

Although teacher training courses might prepare teachers in the content know-how and delivery, few courses put much energy into giving new teachers expertise in managing student behaviour. Especially the skills required to manage their own behaviour.

Teacher Behaviour that Contributes to Poor Student Behaviour?

Certainly, Managing Student Behaviour, in what is already a high-stress profession, remains the most significant stressors for teachers.

But there is much teachers can do to make the matter WORSE  

  • teacher behaviour creates a reaction - not always positive
  • some teacher behaviour changes to tone of the room;
  • some teacher behaviour turns a bad situation worse.
  • a lot of teacher behaviour is the subject of parent complaint.

The Danger Zone

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There are 9 catastrophic teacher behaviour traits that contribute to student behaviour problems in the classroom.

Sure, you can blame the students. You could very well be right. Students often make poor choices about behaviour. But it could well that teacher behaviour is actually the cause of student behaviour.

Here are 9 teacher behaviours that cause, a least encourage, student misbehaviour and lack of engagement in a classroom.

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The teacher's comments to the class are frequently negative and highly authoritative. (“It's obvious that nobody knows this. It looks like everyone will fail")


Excessive Authoritarian Climate

These teachers desire to be the absolute and complete authority figure in the classroom. All decisions are theirs. (“It's my way or the highway!”)



This teacher behaviour creates mountains out of molehills by escalating minor disturbances into major ones. (“I'm tired of you being late. I want all of you to write one hundred times, 'I will not be late to Mr Brandis' class.'”)


Mass punishment

These teachers hope peer pressure will result in a change of behaviour for a few select students. (“No one is leaving until everyone stops talking")



This teacher often picks out two or three students and consistently blames them for every little infraction that may occur. (“Alright, who made that noise? Was it you again, Johnny?”)


Lack of Instructional Goals

Often teachers will engage students without a clearly defined or clearly understood (by students) goal for the lesson. (“Okay, who can tell me what Pythagoras said about triangles?"



This teacher behaviour continually reviews already understood material.In an effort to make sure students are exposed to important material, teachers might constantly repeat material in the same way. (“All right, I want you to look up the definitions for these 20 words, write them in your notebook, and then write them again on this chart.”)


Dealing with a single student at length

This teacher behaviour often disrupts the instructional rhythm by spending an inordinate amount of time on one student. (“I can't believe you are still talking, Sierra. I've told you over and over and over again about talking in class... followed by several berating comments")


Not recognizing students' ability levels.

This teacher behaviour plans a lesson that is often over the heads of many students in the class. A single lesson is much easier to prepare than multiple mini-lessons. (“This is material everybody should know, so I want everyone to listen carefully so you can all do well on the exam.”)

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Does your teacher behaviour make you the worst behaved in your own classroom?