Behaviour Management and Lesson Design

ALT KEY WORDSEffective Behaviour Management is often the result of effective teaching strategies.

Let's face it. Kids are more likely to play up if the classroom environment isn't meeting their needs.

You know it is the same for adults.



Teaching and Behaviour Management.

Do as I say ...

I have been to many professional development activities for teachers. Some on behaviour management which is a little ironic. As soon as the presentation fails to hit the mark with teachers, chatter escalates - and these are professionals. It starts small but continues to grow as the presentation gets wider and wider from the mark.

Guess what? It is the same for students.

If teachers struggle to maintain attention during a crumby presentation, why would you expect behaviour management to be easy. Students will behave the same as teachers do.

And some of the lessons where kids are sent out for misbehavior are crumby.

I am sorry if that is insulting.

Good Teaching = Good Behaviour Management

I have observed in some classrooms where I have struggled to stay awake. The feedback is seldom well received, but it is the truth.

If your lesson is crumby then expect to work hard to keep the kids on task.

Think - Pair - Share strategy is a good one to use for active engagement. You see, talking is a part of the learning.

I would love to claim credit for this, but the Think-Pair-Share  strategy is older than me.

This was such a common teaching practice years ago but I don’t see it much any more. It certainly is a NOISY activity but if you value sharing and discussing of ideas, this is the strategy to use.

THINK – PAIR – SHARE can be used with just about every classroom activity.

The principle is simple

1. Individually a student works on an activity. It could be a task, a question to discuss. For example. Let's say I want kids to be able to draw a map of Australia - free hand. That is they can have an atlas but the skill is to be able to draw the coastline of Australia freehand without a map to refer to. So the THINK section is an independent skill. The kids sit with an atlas and practice on scrap paper, free hand drawing the coast line.

2. The student then PAIRS with ONE other student and together they discuss the activity. They discuss the techniques they used and refine their skills.

3. THE PAIR then joins with another group (can be just another pair) and SHARES the activity again. They continue to discuss the techniques and refine their own personal skills.

The culminating activity could be for students to do an individual coastline drawing.

If you want to extend the activity, you could try the same activity by adding state boarders.

Improve Behaviour Management?


If you use this THINK-PAIR-SHARE strategy I am confident that behaviour management will be less stressful for you. I can also be applied to any subject area.

Give it a go and let me know how you went.

Be a little introspective. Are your lessons causing behaviour management issues in your classroom?


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