MI Monday | Case Studies for Teacher Development
A child’s disruptive behaviors can detract from a child’s ability to thrive in the classroom. Research has proved that if teachers can start to understand student’s culture better, a partnership can be formed between school and the home with parents.
In this context, today’s micro-innovation describes an idea used by a headteacher, Kh-Niie-Alice, to develop effective ways of dealing with disruptive students in classroom.
Many students were consistently misbehaving at Ebyon Public School and Alice noticed that teachers lacked the training to deal with the disruptive students effectively. Other children were afraid to work with the disruptive children in class and, sometimes, played truant to avoid having to do so.
Alice and colleagues create case studies that describe the different approaches to working with disruptive students (for instance building positive relationships and working closely with parents) that they try. These case studies are shared with other teachers and form a ‘way in’ to a discussion about effective means of dealing with disruptive children. The value of this micro-innovation is in creating best practice sharing opportunities as well as providing structure for teacher reflection sessions.
This micro-innovation is interesting because it highlights the benefits of teachers reflecting on their practice, sharing ideas and experimenting with the methods of teaching. Developing practice as a group in order to solve a problem is a very powerful method of teacher collaboration and creates consistency amongst staff.
Potential implementation challenges
Teacher commitment to a group requires relationships between teachers that are based on trust. To be successful, groups of teachers working together will need to be open to sharing ideas and feedback with each other and to having their own practice critiqued.
Impact so far (according to teacher)
Alice says that teachers in the school are now using the case study methods to tackle instances of disruptive behaviour and truancy with successful outcomes and continue to reflect together on successful practice. Before implementing this innovation, discipline issues were making the school so hard to work in that Alice was ready to give up. Yet now, attendance has improved, discipline in lessons has improved and staff satisfaction (including Alice’s who now loves her job) has increased significantly.
Download implementation guide here-Case Studies For Handling Disruptive Students