What is good behaviour? Well, that’s obvious isn’t it? Good
behaviour is sitting still, doing what you’re told, speaking when you’re
spoken to and generally following instructions. And that’s great,
except for the fact that students are in school to learn, not to behave.
Behaviour rules are only a means to an end; they enable us to teach.
But if rules encourage unquestioning passivity, should we really be
compelling students to follow them?
Ever heard of Behaviour for Learning, or B4L? Most often, all it
seems to mean is that students are being quiet and respectful so that
the teacher is free to impart knowledge instead of wasting time trying
to make them shut up and listen. Of course shutting up and listening is
important, and anyone who’s ever had charge of a truly dysfunctional
class knows how horrible an experience it can be.