Over the years, people have commented on how calm my classroom appears to be. Believe me, I don’t feel that they are anywhere near as calm as I would like them to be at times…
However, I have been reflecting recently on why this might be, and what it is I do when working in a special classroom. These are in no particular order.
Keep these as simple as possible. For many years, my class rules have been ‘Kind, Quiet, Work’, and that goes for the adults in the room too!
Easier said than done, particularly when Mary is trying to throttle Joe, but resist the desire to shout, unless it’s as a safety warning (e.g. ‘That’s hot, put it down’). It doesn’t help students who are probably already feeling anxious, and a stream of angry shouting about why you shouldn’t throw your shoes is not going…
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