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Changing Behaviour in Schools

Changing Behaviour in Schools
Promoting Positive Relationships and Wellbeing

  • Sue Roffey - Honorary Associate Professor at University College London and the Universities of Exeter and Western Sydney

November 2010 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Good teachers know that positive relationships with students and school connectedness lead to both improved learning and better behaviour for all students, and this is backed up by research. This book will show you how to promote positive behaviour and wellbeing in your setting.

Taking an holistic approach to working with students, the author provides examples of effective strategies for encouraging pro-social and collaborative behaviour in the classroom, the school and the wider community. Chapters look at the importance of the social and emotional aspects of learning, and ways to facilitate change.

Issues covered include:

-developing a sense of belonging in the classroom
-teaching approaches that maximise engagement and participation
-how to respond effectively to challenging situations
-ways to re-engage with students who have become marginalized.

Each chapter has case studies from primary and secondary schools, activities, checklists and suggestions for further reading.

This is an essential textbook for trainee and newly-qualified teachers, and is also useful for more experienced teachers, as it offers advice to all on how to manage student relationships with confidence, respect and resilience.

Being a 'Good' Teacher
Being and Becoming Emotionally Literate
Knowing the Students You Teach
Thinking about Behaviour
Positive Feelings in the Pro-social Classroom
The Power of Positive Relationships
Participation, Engagement and Agency
The Diversity of Difficulty
Being a Challenging Student: From Sorrow to Strength
Responses, Restorative Practices and Teacher Resilience
The Ecology of School Wellbeing
Appendix 1: Assessment Schedule
Appendix 2: School Wellbeing Checklist

This was a refreshing approach to an important topic. The book is well structured with many explanatory scenarios and case studies used to support the main text. Furthermore, the narrative is accompanied by useful and easy to implement activities. The reader is encouraged to engage with the subject matter and to share thinking with colleagues - discussion material and probing questions are offered throughout to assist in this. The treatment feels fresh and well grounded in contemporary research with useful references appearing at the end of each chapter. I have recommended this to my students, many of whom will go on to teach in inner city schools where they will certainly meet challenging behaviour at all levels.

Mr John Backwell
Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College
November 14, 2012

Excellent use of case studies and a wide range of activities to embed learning.

Mrs Annie Flower
Education , Derby University
October 28, 2012

“Teaching is about communication” Roffey, (2011). Most teachers face challenging behaviour in every day classrooms and settings. This book goes beyond presenting a holistic approach, including social and emotional issues. Sue Roffey offers excellent examples such as different teaching approaches, case studies and activities. Changing Behaviour in Schools is a must have book for everybody working with children and young people.

Mrs Paivi Valtonen
Education , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
October 26, 2012

Very accessible text with good overview of current issues. Particularly like the section on restorative practice.

Gwenda Scriven
Inst of Education, Worcester University
June 13, 2012

Excellent book, well laid out and informative.

Dr Jane Bulkeley
Education , Glyndwr University
April 24, 2012

Added book list!

Sue Miles-Pearson
School of Education, Roehampton University
April 19, 2012

This is very useful to teachers as it links well-being to the pupils' needs and how to analyse any problems by providing an assessment schedule to review possible contributory factors inflencing behaviour.

Miss Liz McGuire
PGCE Secondary, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
March 27, 2012

This is a highly 'readable' and informative book that gives the emphasis to putting strategies in place to manage behaviours rather than sanctions. It has proved to be a very poular text with a focus group of students this year.

Mrs Gillian Reid
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
February 7, 2012

Accessible and clearly written text that addresses the concerns and issues trainee teachers often raise in taught sessions about behaviour in the classroom. Will definitely include it on professional practice modules' reading lists.

Mrs Helen Childerhouse
Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University
July 15, 2011

The title offers a practical approach to important issues in relation to positive behaviours in schools and it complements a list of readers that the students are asked to read.

Dr Mario Moya
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
July 14, 2011

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