Behaviour Management Technique from teachweb Featured article submitted by teachweb [Note to admin: unpaid article, outstanding since January 2015] Behaviour management idea from teachwebJo Young, a teacher who worked for us for a couple of days in 2

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Behaviour management idea from teachwebJo Young, a teacher who worked for us for a couple of days in 2009, had a  great strategy for behaviour management in daily supply placements.

The secret to his method was in 'the game' and 'the revelation' of the winner.  The method is great for classes you don’t know in schools without a very a) effective or b) formal behaviour for learning policy .  

What you need:

a) A book of raffle / cloakroom tickets (get these from a pound shop)

b) A few prizes – one for each lesson. Pens, rubbers, chocolate, depends a bit what kind of school you are in – but the important thing is that there is a prize – you keep what it is secret anyway.

What you do:

Introduce yourself, the objectives for the lesson and the game at the same time.

The game is this:

Each time I see you doing something positive whether it is doing something kind to another person, picking some litter off the floor or putting your hand up or working quietly in a focused way or making a good job of the lesson objective, fast progress etc. I will give you a raffle ticket. Every time I see you doing something positive towards the lesson objective I will give a raffle ticket. That means you could get 3, or you could get 10.

At the end of the lesson we will draw a winner. Usually I give out around 80 tickets. If you have got 8 – then you have a better chance of winning than someone with 4.

Advantages of the tombola method:

It has the excitement of games of chance and also the excitement of a 'game' in general.

It includes an element of competition.

The students do not know what the prize is – the revelation of the prize gives the game an edge which students are drawn to competing for.

It gives you a chance to remind students what 'positive' is.

Almost every student will do something good in the lesson – so every student will get a raffle ticket. Even the most challenging students are therefore included and have a 'stake' in the game.

There is an incentive to get more tickets as it raises a student's chances of winning the prize.

The prize is a very small gift – and it is well worth the cost compared to the stress cost of putting up with poor behaviour.

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