CPD REVIEW – Practical Classroom Management Skills
Last Saturday, 7th September, Prospero HQ in London was host to the first session in our 19-20 CPD series: Practical Classroom Management Skills.
The session started with attendees experiencing a model example of a lesson entry, with Katie Hinds facilitating as the teacher. Katie, an experienced teacher and published children’s author, then led an analysis of the role play everyone experienced to start helping us identify simple strategies to start our lessons off right. For more tips on lesson starts check out these Classroom Clinics: Starting the Lesson Right! and Starting Supply Lessons.
We then covered some behavioural theory (self-assessing ourselves against the Hayden Scale), before exploring the types of unacceptable behaviours we have all experienced. It was nice to hear that I was not the only person who’d experienced some behaviour issues in the past! Katie explained that we needed to explore the wide range of possible reasons and causes behind the misbehaviours before applying the most appropriate technique to tackle them. It was interesting to note that many causes are within the teachers’ control and can be prevented through appropriate reflection and planning for behaviour including setting and maintaining high behavioural expectations.
Our breakout session was then working in teams to show a role-play whereby a ‘teacher’ managed misbehaviour of their ‘students’ by using the techniques we’d been discussing. We then came back together to discuss and feedback on as a whole group. It was useful to see how different personalities applied the same techniques in different ways with the same impact. It was also fun to see some ‘students’ forcing the ‘teachers’ to think on their feet!
Katie then led us through an Irish lesson(!) – an excellent way for us to experience what students feel in a poorly planned lesson of unfamiliar content. Then a series of video clips showing teaching with disastrous results. Now we knew what not to do, Katie then broke down the scenarios and shared a wide range of strategies and techniques for us to improve our classroom management. Katie was an excellent facilitator and this was yet another outstanding Prospero CPD session.