Keeping classes under control is a continuous challenge for teachers.
Reports that Australian classrooms are some of the most disruptive in the world are based on the experiences of 15-year-old students alone, and focus on science classes.
It’s not always easy disciplining students.
Leaving teachers to deal with challenging behaviour on their own can be unproductive and stressful.
Children’s ideas about what is fair can be different from those of adults.
Children have their own idea of justice, which develops fairly early. So, what's fair sharing for children? What do they think about rewards and what is their idea of fair punishment?
Children need to get involved in classroom decisions that affect them, rather than just answering questions when prompted to do so.
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At its simplest, participation is about allowing children to get involved in making decisions that affect their own lives and their own learning experiences.
Punitive measures aren’t always the best way to discipline students in class, despite what teachers are taught.
The national review of teacher education, released last week, emphasised that teaching graduates need to enter the classroom with practical skills for handling a classroom, and not just knowledge of the…