Best Practice

Behaviour myths – and what to do about them

Classroom teaching is complex and so is managing behaviour. Sean Harris busts some common behaviour management myths and considers how teachers – especially those new to the chalkface – might think about behaviour

Teaching in a classroom is hard work. A myth I have learned to tackle in my time as a leader is the belief that teaching becomes easy over time. While experience is helpful, teaching is seldom easy.

Kennedy (2016) reminds us that teaching is, among other things, a cultural activity. Researchers have spent thousands of hours observing teaching practice and have formed competing ideas of different and sometimes contradictory philosophies about classroom practice.

Kennedy writes: “Just as a child might form the naïve conception that the sun circles around the earth, she/he might form the conception that teaching practice comes naturally, or is effortless, because teachers always appear to know what to do.”

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