Friday, March 13, 2009

Behaviour Management in London Schools

So you want to teach in London but you have heard a million horror stories about how tough the kids are. Maybe you've read the Coffee Time series (the interviews with our teachers on the right hand side of this blog & through our newsletters), and noticed that all of our teachers says that the biggest adjustment they made in their teaching is in behaviour management. Did you notice that they never explain what that actually means?

The teachers aren't trying to be vague. It's just really hard to explain what it's like to teach in London until you're there doing it yourself. Yes, the behaviour will be very challenging compared to what you're used to in Canada. Even teachers with experience in downtown Toronto (Jane & Finch) and Vancouver (Hastings & Main) agree that it's tough to teach in London. It's also incredibly rewarding and the holidays around Europe make the experience more than worth it.

Those same teachers that say it's tough agree that every teacher should experience teaching in London if they have itchy feet to travel & experience something completely different than they're used to "back home."

So, what can you do to prepare yourself? Do your research of course!

Here are some fabulous resources to help with behaviour management in London schools:
  1. Six Ways to a Calmer Classroom
  2. Praise, Acknowledge, Encourage
  3. Teachers TV - As of today, there are 117 videos on classroom management to help you understand teaching in the UK. Watch one a day and you'll be more than ready to teach in London schools.
  4. Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians
  5. Assertive Discipline by Lee Canter - plenty of schools use this approach so it's a good idea to read up on it now.
  6. Assessment for Learning - If you don't know what AFL is, do some research. I wrote a chapter on AFL in the Guide to Teaching in London, and you should find a million and one resources online about AFL. This is crucial to understanding the behaviour management approaches in most London schools.
That should get you started anyway!
If you have any other resources you'd like to share, please post them in the comments section.

Related Blog Posts:
Assessment for Learning Explained
How will you get the meanest, nastiest kid in your class to behave?
10 Myths About Teaching in London

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