I think "Teach all your lessons through the medium of free form jazz dance" would be significantly worse advice. Sanctions alone perhaps. However a short term improvement in behaviour allows you to form a positive classroom environment and positive relationships with pupils that will have long term effects. It is very difficult to form positive relationships with difficult classes and individuals if they do not respect you and do not feel they have to listen to you. How you establish the respect is fairly irrelevant but it has to be done before positive relationships can be established. The bottom line is pupils are highly unlikely to respect teachers who cannot manage their classroom making positive relationships unlikely. I have not read anything on this board suggesting that positive relationships with pupils are not important or desirable. How so? I keep pupils who have not behaved or have not completed enough work behind at the end of the lesson. I do not require anybody else in order to do this. There are many sanctions that do not rely on anybody else. We are supposed to co-operate so it's not exacty a disaster if someone needs a little help now and then (particularly if they are an NQT).