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The importance of behaviour for learning

The teaching of behaviours for learning in the primary classroom is key to supporting pupils to learn. Emmanuel Awoyelu sets out what these look like, including five steps for teaching these behaviours and three steps for reinforcing them
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Whether you are a new or an experienced teacher, behaviour management in the primary school classroom is crucial and unavoidable.

When you have 30 children all with different personalities, learning habits, and emotional baggage you simply cannot predict what type of behaviours you will experience during the course of the day.

We have the power to create an environment for children to grow, develop and thrive. A big part of this is the specific teaching of positive learning behaviours.

In this article, I use the terms learning behaviours and behaviour for learning interchangeably and explain how we can begin to develop such behaviours in our classrooms.

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