Recently we learned of a brilliant class behaviour management idea which works really well in primary classrooms. It’s known as Mystery Walker and is aimed at improving pupils’ behaviour when moving round school.
It involves having a box with the names of all the children in the class on individual cards or discs situated near the exit to the classroom. The teacher dramatically selects and reads the name on card on the way out. He or she pockets the card.
The idea is that the children understand that the teacher will be watching the selected pupil particularly closely to see how they behave en route. Each child believes that it could be them that’s being watched. Later if the child has behaved beautifully their name is revealed, they are praised and given a class reward otherwise no name is revealed.