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To encourage good behaviour or to modify inappropriate behaviour try out some of these ideas with a whole class.

1) Give pupils a large sheet of paper divided into two with the headings, "I take responsibility" and "I am a victim" on the other side.  Give them 12 phrases six of which belong to each side, e.g. "It wasn't my fault".  Get children to sort them and then illustrate.

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2) Use the theme of traffic lights and give children scenarios of bad behaviour situations.  Break the behaviour into the stages which got him from red - warning that something was wrong to green - when all control let go.  Now redo these with a strategy for how to change this so that the green will mean a release of the problem.

3)Use role play to re-enact situations in which behaviour is a problem.  Let the pupils be the teacher and see how they respond.

4) Work on non-verbal gestures.  Get pupils to find pictures of expressions on people's faces.  Discuss what they mean.  Get pupils to make thought bubbles for these.  Discuss why non-verbal gestures are so important.

5) Variation on idea 1.  One side of paper for "I should.." and the other for "I want...".  Discuss situations and reasons for statements on each side.


Further Information

Citizenship Education for Young People with Special EducationalNeeds: A Teaching Resource


Citizenship and Disability - an excellent resource for teachers, includes video clips and worksheets.


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