This practice guide will help you to refine methods for gaining all students’ attention to create a learning environment that supports student engagement and minimises disruptive behaviours.

About this practice

Efficiently gaining all students’ attention supports student safety, maximises instructional time and reduces the likelihood of students missing critical information. Teachers use scanning, non-verbal gestures, and audible or visual prompts to gain student attention, to ensure students are focused and ready to receive instructions.

Effective classroom management creates safe and supportive learning environments for all students. This practice guide is part of a suite of foundational resources for beginning teachers, teachers working in new environments, or experienced teachers who want to refine or refresh specific elements of their classroom management practice. They can be used to individually reflect on and refine one’s own practice, or as shared resources to support mentoring and other collaborative and whole-school approaches to improving classroom management.

See Classroom Management Resources: User Guide for more information.

Keywords: student engagement, disruption, disruptive behaviour