Managing behaviour – creating a reliable container

All good behaviour management, whether at home or school, relies upon boundaries.  It should make clear what is and was is not acceptable behaviour with an emphasis on rewarding the behaviours we wish to see.  In my experience, children have a sense of ‘fairness’ and can more readily accept consequences if we establish boundaries along the spectrum of safety.

All schools have a behaviour policy but how do we communicate these ‘rules’ to our children?  In my current school, I have created a visual behaviour chart to show the expectations to children pictorially detailing both the positives and the negatives.  Applied consistently, this gives children a sense of safety and predictability and this alone can create a calmer, more contained school experience for all children.  As one child put it, “you just have to look at the chart to know what you’re supposed to do.”

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