Being a young teacher, behaviour management was my biggest concern. So, in an effort to show my groups who was boss, I walked into my first week of lessons with an iron fist. Needless to say, I ended up with my timings completely out, a crying teenager and a week of lessons with an atmosphere tenser than a Tyne and Wear derby.
At the time, this was a real low in my teacher training. Nothing felt right. I walked away from school on the Friday feeling low, but with a determination to change. So I looked at my approach.
Ofsted use the terminology ‘relationship’ to describe student/teacher interaction. Where were the relationships in my classroom?
Monday morning soon came and I walked into Year 9 with confidence, a loud entrance and even a hint of a smile.
During the penultimate week of placement, I had my formal observation with this group and my behaviour was classed as being good, moving towards outstanding. Why? Because I had set clear boundaries in the week where everything ‘fell apart’. Had I not done this, I would not have been able to establish a good relationship with all of my students, as they would not have known where to stop. Now, we can have a laugh; but should I click my fingers – they know what I expect!