What kind of teachers do pupils prefer? Research into pupils’ opinions over the last 70 years has been amazingly consistent. Children prefer teachers who are slightly strict, scrupulously fair, treat them as individuals and have a sense of humour. These teachers explain things clearly and are enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Research backs the theory that consistent application of rules creates good classroom management. Teachers who establish and consistently enforce classroom rules are much more in control than those who are inconsistent and haphazard.

Good teacher and student relationships are crucial. Teachers with these relationships seize every opportunity to sustain and improve them using such tactics as crossing the school yard with pupils, friendly conversation on entry into the room and creating one-to-one conversations while checking pupils’ work.

The message for class management is clear, interesting activities and application the two Rs: rules and relationships, is vital.

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