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Don’t be a Clattenberg!! A Look at Behaviour Management Techniques.

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Before working for B&A Sports I had never really had to work on behavior management of an individual  or whole class and to be honest, I didn’t realise how hard it would be.    Whilst I was training and watching Stefan (my boss) teach a class, I noticed that he never once  shouted, didn’t even get angry, and I couldn’t believe how controlled the children were.  Stefan told me that shouting at kids will never work and it can only go two ways. The first being  you will loose the relationship with the children.     Secondly it shows you’re on the ropes and trust me you don’t want to be looking like David Haye  in the 8th round! If you let your emotions take over your calm domineer, children will notice this  and start to push boundaries, keep in control of your emotions to keep in control of your  surroundings.    I myself have always coached football, ages that have ranged from u9’s all the way through to  adult football. The big difference is that I coached people who wanted to learn football, not  everybody who walks into the sports hall wants to be the next Eni Aluko or Owen Farrell.    This was one of the first things I had to address and I noticed very early on that if children feel  disconnected to the challenge, their lack of interaction would quickly flip to bad behavior, so it’s  crucial that you must emotionally and physically show interest to them achieving the target you  have set.    Another way to help your behavior management towards the children is incorporating the class  system into P.E. the easiest way to do this is either ask the T.A. or go up into the classrooms and  ask about it.    One of the schools I work at use DOJO, which is an online points system where pupil can earn  Dojos for being good i.e. DOJO for staying on task, or they can receive a negative for not listening.     If the children know they can earn a reward for good behavior it makes it more of a game rather  than a chore. You can also offer whole class DOJO, this is great help when you need the class to  line up and they will all line up quietly as nobody wants to be the naughty one who stopped the  class DOJO.    Not all schools use the DOJO system, some will use other methods, for example another one is  house points, each pupil is put into either North, South, East or West and individuals earn house  points for end of week rewards.    A really simple system I use is the ‘invisible ball’. Whenever you’re teaching tennis, hockey or  anything that involves a ball if the children can’t keep it still I simply take the equipment from  them. Pupils quickly begin to listen as they don’t want to miss out or be bored and I can assure  that the next time they sit down with equipment they will look more a gargoyle!    Finally DON’T BE A CLATTENBERG – it’s not all about you! I know you have to be a strong figure,  but don’t ever get on a power trip and needlessly pick up on minor details. For example if you ask  children to ‘sit down, legs cross, arms folded’ and one child is sat quietly but without there legs  folded, just leave them don’t ruin a good lesson by brandishing big tellings off.     If you have the attention of the children that’s all you need, remember it’s their P.E. time not your  big show. 
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IT’S A 10 FROM LEN:

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Dance was our next wall to knock down with the children, and what better way to knock it down than with the aggressive and intimidating HAKA dance. As spring started children at Believe and Achieve schools began learning the art of dance and its many wonderful forms. I picked the loudest, most hard hitting and scary dance. Sound stupid? Of course but kids love to be loud so at least let them blend it with dance. Unlike gymnastics I wanted to show the children visually what this dance looked like, we used YouTube to search the New Zealand rugby team and what the HAKA war dance stood for. Before you knew it all the kids in school were “HAAAAA”ing, “HOOOO”ing and “AHHHH”ing across school .All they needed were the rugby…
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Primary School Gymnastics

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  Olympic standard: Preparation for Tokyo 2020 In autumn Believe and Achieve Sports schools began preparing for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, well Gymnastics as the lessons plans titled but still aspirations were high Both Key stage 1 and 2 started their gymnastics adventure with a group discussion of what comes to mind when they think about gymnastics? What makes a good gymnast? Had any of them had experience in gymnastics? And what they were most excited about learning, most of course wanted the mats and to start rolling. Early years began by self-exploring what the children could do with their bodies, we looked at making shapes i.e. letters, utilizing space and what balancing is. After a couple more weeks of varied movements, looking at balance, how animals move…
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