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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

A good resource to support students on the Foundation Degree by enabling them to consider different strategies and procedures for classroom development.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
February 15, 2018

This book offers a range of good practice ideas for changing behaviour, but it is light on theory and research.

Mrs Issy Hallam
Psychology, South Devon College
May 22, 2017

A very useful book exploring a vital aspect of education

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, University of Winchester
September 24, 2016

For students to know about ways in changing behaviour. Having met Sue Roffey at an EY Conference I wanted her book. She is very relevant and practical.

Miss Maxine Stephenson
Early Years, Croydon College
August 11, 2016

This is a wonderful text that I have recommended to students on three courses (undergraduate and PGDE). It avoids simplistic assumptions about how to 'deal with' challenging behaviour in favour of promoting a view of how to understand challenging behaviour and its causes. It meshes well with the approach I take on my teaching courses, stressing the need for positive and nurturing classroom relationships as a precursor to effective learning and teaching.

Dr Fiona Patrick
Professional Learning and Leadership, Glasgow University
November 22, 2013

This text is extremely accessible and offers a wealth of ideas and practical suggestions. The case studies supplied provide good examples that relate to the theory, and the questions for reflection and discussion are useful to work on independently or to set for group work.

Ms MIriam Walker
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
October 11, 2013

An excellent book, demonstrating what schools need to do in order to put successful behaviour strategies in place to benefit the whole school.

AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
June 24, 2013

Very clearly written text with very good case studies.

Ms Majella Dempsey
Department of Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
February 27, 2013

This is a very important book for any teacher to read. I wish my sons teachers at school had read this book. Important in understanding pupil behaviour.

Miss Antoinette Unsworth
teaching and learning, Michaeljohn Training
January 21, 2013

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

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