A couple of weeks ago a child (not in my class) was disobedient and verbally defiant at the end of break time. To avoid a public confrontation, I decided to speak to him later, but was told by Head of Year to ignore the behaviour and not tackle him about it, in case he "kicked off" as a result.This made me wonder, is that in fact the right thing to do? Is it ever OK to ignore openly bad behaviour in order to avoid even worse? Isn't this like rewarding the behaviour, and what about the mixed messages the other children are getting? What do others think?