During my first semester of teaching, I was finding managing behaviour in my classroom quite challenging. Luckily, the school was in the process of ensuring that all staff were trained in the CMS program to ensure consistent approaches to behaviour management and engagement were applied across the school.
I was offered a place in the training program which consisted of 3 sets of 2-day training courses interspersed with an opportunity to be observed by an experienced practitioner who would provide feedback on how particular strategies were being implemented.
The CMS course re-iterated for me what I had already learned at university and then gave me the opportunity to put it into practice and receive feedback on what I was doing well with regards to the strategies. The course and conferencing opportunities made me conscious of the low-key responses that I use regularly in my classroom such as:
- The look
- Use of student name
- Planned ignore
- Deal with the problem, not the student