ESL teachers could face disruptive behaviour from their students on a daily basis and this can lead to distress, tension and/or anxiety. For this reason it is important for teachers to take charge to ensure that they are setting effective boundaries because by simply ignoring it, it will get worse.
proposes that a boundary is something that the teacher puts in place in order to successfully teach a class. This normally is applied when the class setup is dysfunctional or disruptive. He developed a"3D" model
for setting effective boundaries for young students in the classroom. 3 Ds are detail
, Delivery & Diligence
. Let´s consider that first D.
• This refers to making sure what it is that you mean when you refer to a specific boundary.
• If you want students to show good behavior, what is it exactly what you mean with “good behavior”?
• Unpack the concept & the desired behavior.
• How are you going to measure it?
• “Good behavior” is different for each age group & each class.
• How do the students define this boundary themselves? Be clear.
• Refers to the way that you present this boundary to the students.
• By simply telling them what the boundaries are, their needs are not being addressed & therefor they resist it.
• It is a need of the teachers to have boundaries, but you need to show that you have their interests at heart.
• Acknowledge their needs.
• This does not necessarily mean that you will meet their needs, but show that you are aware.
• Create a cooperative relationship; ask for their inputs & their suggestions.
• The objective is to get them to buy in on the boundary
• Setting boundaries will not work by simply developing them and then, as a teacher, not administer them.
• It is the responsibility of both the students & the teacher to enforce them.
• Thoroughness, attention to detail & consistency.
• How will you measure whether or not the boundary is being enforced?
• A system is needed to set in place.
• Students have to know it is not a once-off thing, but that is routine or a pattern.
Think of different examples of bad behavior
in the classroom and then consider how you would apply Booth´s 3 Ds
. When setting EFFECTIVE boundaries always remember the following:
What we allow is what will continue
about Robin Booth´s approach by looking at (1) the three things you need to know
about (2) classroom management