Scanning is a skill that supports and maintains positive student behaviour.

About this skill

Scanning is the practice of consistently and intentionally monitoring all students. It allows you to gather information efficiently and regularly about students’ behaviour and participation in learning.

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.

Related practice resources to refine other skills focus on acknowledgement and praise, circulation, clear communication, deliberately pausing, non-verbal correction and voice control.

See Classroom management resources: User guide for more information.

Keywords: engagement, disruption, disruptive behaviour