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When things are going well, the communication between teachers and pupils is complex and reflects shared meanings which have developed between them. For example, a teacher may, without looking up from the work s/he is checking with a pupil, say 'someone's being silly' and two pupils at the back of the room stop the behaviour they're involved in, because they know and can interpret the informal rules of that classroom.
But sometimes teachers haven't built up this shared meaning with a class and their ways of conveying the inappropriacy of behaviour aren't successful.
A research study identified the eleven teacher strategies that follow.
What are effective strategies? Strategies two and seven achieve two goals: they signal that the behaviour is unwanted and they communicate the rule. As such, they are likely to have the most effective long-term contribution.
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