Promoting positive behaviour for learning in the classroom
In this assignment, I am going to examine the approaches to promote a positive classroom environment for learning in a secondary school. In researching this topic, I found the main mediating factors in creating a positive environment for learning are the school’s leaders, parents, pupil-teacher relationships, classroom environment and lesson planning.
My reason for choosing this topic is that I feel my classes are sometimes routine and a matter of learning material and I find it hard to motivate pupils. Initially with my class groups, I think I was too authoritarian, demanding perfect behaviour, silences during lessons, reprimanding pupils for small issues, signing journals, giving out punishments and collecting punishments whereby wasting class time. It leads to confrontations, arguments, poor relationships with pupils and negative environments in the classroom. I don’t have to deal with major discipline issues, however the classroom climate is not what I would like. In doing this assignment, I hope to learn strategies and techniques to help me improve my classroom environment to be more positive, and hence create a better environment for learning in all my classes.
I am currently teaching in a private school. It is a mixed school with approximately 240 pupils. The fact that there are relatively small numbers attending the school, discipline can be managed effectively. The pupils are generally well behaved and come from supportive backgrounds. There is good support for teachers from the principal, deputy principal and year heads. In the school, there is a form tutor system in place, where if a teacher is having any issues with a pupil, they inform the form tutor first, where they can have a quiet word with the pupil. If the problem persists, then the year head is informed. I have found the system very supportive and discipline is dealt with effectively. The ethos in the school is based on mutual...