Yet again disruptive behaviour seems to have reared its ugly head! An experienced speaker, positive, upbeat person and ex deputy head Sue Atkins was really distressed that even her normal ‘I can get them to listen’ approach failed today when she was speaking to a group of youngsters about how to beat bullying.
She came away questioning whether society is allowing some children to dictate what they will and won’t do; who they will and won’t listen to.
For schools, this presents a real problem. Having visitors into classrooms can be a valuable resource. They bring their expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm about a particular subject that teacher cannot hope to match. They provide a link with the outside world and often, a different face can really make a difference to children’s learning.
However, what happens if the behaviour in the classroom is not appropriate at these times. Does it signal a problem within the school that doesn’t show itself during the normal run of the mill days? Does it indicate low expectations of behaviour which in itself shows low morale of staff?
A conversation thread on twitter explored this further and the suggestion was made that it is all about respect and that this should be taught at home. It is only by parents and the school working together that these situations can be turned around. However a further point was made that parents have little influence when schools ‘do not address’ the really bad behaviour of the minority.
So what is the answer? Are children findingit more difficult to listen? Is the respect agenda missing?The irony of this incident is that Sue was there to do a session on self esteem and confidence building! (see also ‘Behaviour’ )Image courtesy of Google