Behaviour Management in LLS Recommended Text

download (2)I can not recommend Managing Behaviour in Further and Adult Education by Susan Wallace enough as an essential read for anyone working in the LLS or training there or heading there in the future.

I love the easy writing style, the use of case studies which will be all too familiar to many NQT’s and PGCE placement students who are in FE in particular but also in HE.

It puts to bed the myths that students in LLS are there because they choose to be and as such will be model students, impeccably behaved and reasonable… crikey I was in a class of trainee teachers many with recent BA degrees under their belt who didn’t know how to turn up on time, stop giggling, keep on task, prevent themselves from doodling and chattering during lessons, presentations and guest speaks. If people who are trying to manage behaviour in classrooms as teachers can’t behave when they are students then there is no class out there which is immune from behaviour management issues.

As it’s titling suggests also prepare for gaining QTLS (if we figure out what is happening with that) so if that’s where you are heading and it probably is then it’s even more essential.

This is the most up to date version of this book and is available here from Amazon at around £11 plus p&p, £17.50 for the Kindle version and around £15.00 if you buy through Prime. The second edition is available here for less on Amazon and if you are really strapped for cash it’s still a useful purchase. Don’t be put off by the slightly different title it is still the previous version of this book. I have both and either are really useful but of course the updated version does have some useful updates relevant to changes in the sector. I’m not sure if it’s available in the Kindle library to Prime members for a free hire I’ve not checked but it’s one you will want to keep in my opinion anyway so for a reasonable text book price and for one that isn’t massive and hefty that you can stick in your bag and read in bed without danger of caving your face in if it slips from your hands it’s a good investment.

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3 thoughts on “Behaviour Management in LLS Recommended Text

  1. Another interesting post!

    I completely agree with your point about the giggling BA undergrads or trainee teachers. The trick for the novice teacher is to work out how to get them on task.

    I’ve seen FE teachers collect mobile phones as students enter the class. This is fine for a 16 year old. You can’t confiscate an adult’s mobile phone. But you can appeal to them and have it understood what is and is not appropriate. So, the issues are similar. The working strategies just need tweaking.

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    • Thank you.

      I think that as a PGCE student on placement you can miss out on that all important first day laying down of the acceptable standards and if you are then observing there is no opportunity for you to put your stamp on those acceptable standards, all you can really do is reinforce them and if bad habits have already set in before you are given some independence in teaching the class it can be difficult to recover.

      I’d suggest, depending on how placements work with different people, that when you do get your first solo teaching experience with a class you may have been observing previously, take some time at the beginning of that first session to lay down some rules or reiterate them and let it be known that this is now your class and you might be doing things slightly differently, it allows for assuming that control (for want of a better word) of the group. I didn’t do this with the first class I took independently and struggled a bit but with the second class I took independently I did do that and they were much better behaved as a result, also I would remind everyone of the acceptable behaviour at the beginning of each lesson with a visual slide, I’d change this slide very slightly each week and the students would pay attention to it to see if they could ‘spot the difference’, it worked quite well as a focusing exercise and to reiterate what the symbols meant.

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