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Behaviour Management using Social Stories

Behaviour management was always a very big focus of mine during my first few years of teaching. After all, it is very difficult to teach a class when you haven’t got the behaviour under control which I learnt very quickly. My first year of teaching was amazing – I had a beautiful little class and absolutely loved going to work every day. We had the very best time together! Then in my second year, I had some tricky little kiddies and that year almost broke me. I cried in my office at lunch and on the way to and from school most days and just wanted to give up. I met with behaviour specialists and had mentors that helped me stumble through the year and I often caught myself thinking “how did I get this so wrong?”

 

Even though it was the most physically and emotionally draining year of my entire life, I learnt so much about how important it is to focus on behaviour and expectations in those first few weeks and then every single day throughout the year that follows. I fell pregnant at the end of that year and began relief teaching the following year. This was such a great opportunity for me to further develop my behaviour management routines and really helped me to grow as a teacher.

 

Since that very tricky class, I have been brainstorming what I can do to help other teachers who also might be at breaking point and need to switch things up a little. I developed these sweet little social stories for use in the classroom. I’ve already laminated and bound them ready for when I venture back to the classroom!

 

Explore behaviour management with these simple social stories.

 

In my little behaviour management pack, I included two stories. “Hurtful Habits” is about what you shouldn’t do to your friends – biting, pulling hair, telling secrets etc. Making friends is such a big aspect of Prep/Kindergarten and I would always refer to the students in our class as ‘our friends.’

 

The second story, “Helpful Habits” features all the wonderful behaviours you expect to see in your classroom – sharing, playing safely, putting your hand up, being kind etc. This is the kind of story I imagine you would read to your class every morning to review your expectations for the day. With my tricky class, we would review our classroom rules every morning. I would make up scenarios which we would discuss. This made sure we were all on the same page!

 

I also printed our expectations onto big posters so that if a student wasn’t following our rules, I could quickly refer to the poster as a quick reminder as needed. For example, sometimes I would notice some students were snatching or not sharing items. I would pop the ‘sharing’ expectation poster on my whiteboard and we would set a whole class goal. Each time I noticed a student or the whole class sharing, I would add a star under the poster. Once we reached 5 stars, we would have a whole class popcorn party. Sometimes we would focus on the same behaviour for weeks until it was no longer a problem. This worked so well for my class, especially when we were having trouble remembering to put our lunch boxes away after lunch!

 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Habits-of-a-Happy-Class-1777074

 

Each of the pages in my books can be blown up and used for posters or printed together and bound into a social story booklet. I also included some stars just in case you’d like to do something similar in your classroom! I also included a whole class behaviour picture sort which is a great way to begin a discussion with your students. There is also a black and white cut and paste version for individual use.

 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Habits-of-a-Happy-Class-1777074

 

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