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Question: Behaviour

Some of my students (16-18 year olds) persistently speak at the back of the class. What is the best technique for dealing with this behaviour? Do I tell their teacher or try to sort things out myself?





Try moving the troublemakers from the back of the class to the front. Check that they are not just failing to follow what is being said. You could also try to involve them more in activities, remembering to give them key tasks to do and regularly direct questions at them so they are kept on task and have to listen to what is going on.

You will find some advice in your Manual on page 21-23.


I hope you haven't been offloaded with the unpopular or difficult groups. If you suspect this may be the case, do not accuse the teacher but call a meeting and suggest that, as an assistant to an experienced teacher, you feel that they may have more experience / skills to deal with these classes and could you consider changing groups or working together in the classroom.

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