Encourage Positive Behaviours
Positive behaviour can be learnt. A safe and caring environment that supports positive learning behaviour needs to be created.
Tips for success:
- You can’t do it alone – kia mahi tahi, work (and learn) as a team.
- Show children and young people you care, show that you believe in them, show that you trust them and play with them often.
- Have high (and realistic) expectations for children and young people. They will rise to these.
- Family and whānau usually know their children or young people best – involve them and you increase your chances of connecting with a child or young person.
- Children and young people don’t always know how to behave – you need to teach, regularly practice and positively reinforce the behaviour you want to see.
- Provide the foundations for all children and young people to learn and succeed – make sure all of your school or systems support positive behaviour.
- Remember the quiet ones – those who internalise their behaviour (e.g. withdraw or sulk) need the same positive attentions as those who externalise behaviour.