Ideally, managing or controlling student behaviour on the school bus is a team effort involving the driver, principal and parents. The goals are to ensure a safe ride to and from school and to help students develop appropriate behaviour over the long haul. New drivers will receive training on how to best manage student behaviour and will have the opportunity to attend safety meetings.
We can influence a student’s behaviour by how we respond to it. As a driver, you set the tone for your bus much the same way that teachers set the tone for their classrooms.
Here are some strategies:
- Greet every student boarding your bus every day.
- Get to know students’ names as soon as possible.
- Set an example of courtesy and friendliness.