Critically Evaluate Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Behaviour Management as a Process and Critically Reflect on How This Impacts on Your Values and Assumptions About Effective Behaviour Management,

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Critically evaluate theoretical approaches to understanding behaviour management as a process and critically reflect on how this impacts on your values and assumptions about effective behaviour management, supported by examples from your school experience. Introduction Behaviour management in the primary classroom is a topic discussed at length by all teachers in Primary Schools throughout the world and has also been researched extensively by academics. The management of children’s behaviour in the primary classroom is vitally important so that a positive learning environment is created. Forty percent of teachers spend more time keeping order than teaching (Johnson, 2004). Students awarded Qualified Teacher Status need to “Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment” (DfES, 2012). According to a review by EPP (2004), Initial Teacher Education (ITE) is a crucial focus for action in the area of behaviour management as it provides a unique opportunity to establish the foundations for effective practice. Under jurisdiction, the United Kingdom Government has the responsibility to provide free, compulsory education for all primary aged children allowing children to reach the best of their abilities achieving their fullest potential (United Nations, 1989). I believe it is therefore the responsibility of all teachers to keep updated with current research to provide each and every child they teach, the best possible positive and safe engaging learning environments that they can. I believe that as a teacher you are not only a provider of knowledge but also a role model for a child. Hook and Vass (2005) quote “Effective teachers teach not only the formal curriculum but also social and emotional skills too”. After extensive reading researching a number of theories behind the process of behaviour management in the classroom, I have

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