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Really struggling with Year 9

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by msloops, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. One thing i've seen work well and used once (but not enough) is a points system. Trying to focus on the positives as wellas giving sanctions.
    The way I tried it was they got points for things like everyone standing behind their chair, everyone writing down the objective, everyone listening when i'm giving instructions, stuff like that. Write them up on the board so you can rub them off again if they're naughty. THen if they, as a class, got 5 points in the lesson they earned a lesson in the ICT room. Worked well with my wayward yr 8s as they started to get annoyed with each other for getting points knocked off rather than getting annoyed at me for singling them out as naughty ones. It actually took them 2 lessons to get to 5 points but i let them go to ICT anyway. You could perhaps adapt this - with permission from your H.O.D. - and tell the class that if they get 5 points for good behaviour in a theory lesson, or over a series of lessons, they can do practical next time..?
  2. What is your topic you are trying to teach? I ask as I used to teach music (as a non-specialist but have completed all my practical exams) and we did a great unit on music for film which even the most unwilling pupil seemed to enjoy.
    We started of with an episode of Tom & Jerry and discussed how music is used to highlight different actions.
    The final result was the first 5 mins of Chicken run. It was recorded without sound. Pupils did the sound effects, recorded then, then had to use Movie Maker to put sound and music together. I have to say that it was the best unit I taught.
  3. Zadok1

    Zadok1 New commenter

    I don't know if you have your own classroom rules... I do and if a class won't behave I go back to basics and remind them of the rules I set out. Rules like 'Don't interrupt.. it's just rude', 'Be responsible for your own actions... and not the actions of others.' I take time and discuss the rules with the kids and make sure they understand them and write them in the front cover of their books. If someone interrupts me or another student I ask them to open the front of their book and ask them to re read them. I know it sounds a bit 'old school' but having explained that interrupting is rude I no longer have to ask them not to interrupt I just ask why they are being rude...

    I note that you say they hate you... I promise they don't... they don't even know you so how could they? Kids seem to think that teachers live in the stock room and just come out when they appear. It sounds crazy but try letting them know you're a real person too. In a class like that there are always one or two who lead the others. You could always call their bluff... if they are rude call them out of the room for a moment and privately ask if you have done something to offend them, usually they will say no... so then ask why they feel it's okay to offend you?

    I really like the points and rewards system too suggested in the other post... I just think you need to remind them of the rules first. All my rules boil down to respect and that's something the kids say they want all the time... just remind them that they need to respect you too.

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