Characteristics of Effective Behaviour Management
Effective behaviour management starts with effective behaviour managers. But just what are the characteristics of a teacher who has effective behaviour management skills?
Teachers who have effective behaviour management skills
- Respect their own strengths and weaknesses as seriously as those of their students.
- Understand that social-emotional growth is a never-ending process.
- Clearly communicate rules, goals, and expectations.
- Respond to behaviours consistently and predictably.
- Discriminate between issues of responsibility and problem ownership.
- Exhibit high degrees of empathy and goal setting skills.
Effective Behaviour Management is easy when teachers
- have materials organized
- use a pleasant tone of voice
- are aware of multiple elements of group functioning simultaneously
- are able to anticipate possible problems and react quickly to avoid them.
Setting and reaching goals has a positive effect on behaviour management as well as academic achievement. Teachers who exhibit high levels goal setting strategies
- use more positive reinforcement,
- prefer to work with the whole group, and
- persist with students who are experiencing difficulty, rather than ignoring or giving up on them.
The teacher's ability to be empathetic can also be associated with student success. Empathetic teachers report experiencing less stress and exhibit the following qualities:
- Friendly (smile frequently)
- Analytical of behaviour and motives
- Able to predict how another will act
- Able to sympathize
- Not easily incited to express anger
- Not easily depressed under difficult circumstances
- Able to subordinate their own needs and feelings for another's benefit
- Balanced in feelings of self-worth and self-regard
- Adaptable to the needs of others
- Altruistic (desire to make a personal contribution)
- Able to give positive verbal and nonverbal feedback
- Conscientious in attending to students' needs
- Do not need to be the centre of attention
- Make others centrally involved
- Independent and creative
- Totally accepting of individual differences, but do not focus on deviance
- Highly intuitive and feeling
- Do not feel a great need to control all people and events.
Behaviour Management - Easy as Pie.
It just looks like an extensive list of superlatives, doesn't it.
But you just need to think about what each of these words mean.
See how easy it is.
Now, go out there and practice effective behaviour management.