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Recently i haven't been too well and i had a few days off. My ta has been off longer. Since i have returned to my class they become so wild. They don't listen and they seem not be bothered even when i have used my behaviour management which is pomps in a jar for whole class reward which they choose and individual reward where they have to collect enough coins to win treasure from our treasure box. Nothing is working. They are rowdy and i can't seem to control it except raising my voice for the good part of the day. I feel as if im losing control. What am i doing wrong?Please any advice would be good. Currently i have supply ta and sh is ok but chn don't listen to her either. Don't know what to do now.

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Have you tried whispering instead of shouting? Daft I know, but if you warn them that's what you are doing then it can work.

 

In Guiding, the symbol for 'stop what you are doing and listen' is to put your hand in the air. As children notice, they also stop and put their hand up too, until everyone has their hand up, they aren't to tell anyone near them, just do it. You could reward for first three hands up. The system does work, I have quitened a hall of well over 100 7-11 year olds (and their leaders) very rapidly with it.

 

I do know what you mean, it feels you have lost a connection with them. Sometimes you have to come back a bit tough in order to slacken off. So let them know who is in charge, where their boundaries are etc as you had them before. It's not the same as you going in and tackling a new class, because you know what it was like before you were off.

 

Come back and let us know how you get on

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You need to make behaviour the focus for a few days or longer to get them back where they were. They have been unsettled by your absence and are still unsettled because your TA is absent. Take things slowly, reestablish your rules and routines and go from there, Stop them when they do not behave as you wish and remind them of the rules etc.

It is also not unusual for a recpetion class to behave like this at this time in the Spring term. The newness and possibly the novelty of school has worn off and they are testing the boundaries. Be consistent, get your control back. They wont learn while they are like this so concentrate on this and you will reap the benefits.

Hope you feel better.

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If it's any consolation mine are behaving in a similar manner, really loud, messy, destructive, ignoring instructions, persisting in behaviour they know I won't put up with and that includes the 'good' ones and I haven't been anywhere!

I agree with both Cait and Susan, re-focus on behaviour for a bit. Be uncompromisingly clear about your expectations, stopping and noting whenever they are doing something unwanted but also really praising the smallest positive you see just reminding them of what the good things are.

One thing I tried with mine earlier in the year was to make each one a paper wristband (we had some till reels someone had donated to us). I had a packet of those small coloured dot stickers (really cheap) and we had different days focusing on different 'wanted' behaviours e.g. good listening/sharing/quiet voices/walking inside etc. every time we saw someone demonstrating the behaviour of the day we'd put a spot sticker on their wristband and explaining why we'd done it. They loved collecting as many spots as they could. It was an intensive couple of days and not something I could sustain for a long time but for a re-focusing and remind of what I wanted it worked well.

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I use a tambourine to get my class's attention but I barely have to raise my arm. When we go to whole school assembly I start doing things like wiggling my fingers, tapping my nose/head/shoulders etc. all without a word. My class start copying me but gradually others join in even those big cool Y6! Much calmer and more peaceful than some of the other teachers going 'shush!'

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I use superhero wristbands as rewards. Have superhero images either side of Wow! or 'Your a superhero' or personalised phrase - you could target 'problem' children with their favourite superhero rewards for desired behaviour. Copy and paste a column of ten or more then print it. When printed stick sellotape across them so that they don't tear easily - then cut them into strips; my children love them.

Just PM me if you would like a 'ready to print' set!

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I use superhero wristbands as rewards. Have superhero images either side of Wow! or 'Your a superhero' or personalised phrase - you could target 'problem' children with their favourite superhero rewards for desired behaviour. Copy and paste a column of ten or more then print it. When printed stick sellotape across them so that they don't tear easily - then cut them into strips; my children love them.

Just PM me if you would like a 'ready to print' set!

Would love a set to print for all my litte boys who persist in running indoors.etc....thanks

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I used to use a small set of bells - children would immediately stand still and stop talking as soon as they heard them. We reinforced it at the start of each half term. New 2 year olds would pick it up very quickly and they would hear the bells even though we were in a noisy village hall.

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