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The New Teacher's Survival Guide to Behaviour

The New Teacher's Survival Guide to Behaviour

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

April 2011 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Standing in front of a class of students is challenging enough, but what if they just won't behave? This book will tell you how to start off on the right foot as a new teacher, and how to look after yourself as well as your classes. Chapters will help you to build up your confidence and awareness, develop positive relationships with your students, create supportive bonds with colleagues, and manage disruptive, distressed and defiant students calmly.

New to this Second Edition:

  • The latest research developments in resilience, wellbeing, positive psychology and teacher-student relationships
  • Reference to the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) in the UK, and the Values Education and Safe Schools Framework in Australia
  • The views, and voice, of the child
  • Quotes and reflections from Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
  • Consideration of the UK Professional Standards for teachers
  • Interactive exercises

Suitable for new teachers in both primary and secondary schools working with children and young people aged 7 to 18, this book will also offer more experienced teachers a helpful reminder of what good behavior management looks like, and what it can achieve. It will help you get the best out of every child or young person in your classroom, and the best out of yourself as a teacher.

You as a Teacher
You and Your Resources
You and Your Class
You and Your School
You and the Community
You and Your Biggest Challenges
Thinking about Students with Challenging Behaviour

The Learning and Behaviour Connection

Taking Action

Following through

Your Own Survival

Summary and Useful Resources

'In addition to the practical strategies provided and words of wisdom offered by the author, threaded throughout this excellent book there are opportunities for the new teacher to explore personal values, attributes, qualities and behaviour. The interactive exercises that encourage this reflection include case studies and reflection points and these make a wonderful addition to this second series'
- Colleen Cummings, Learning and Teaching Update

'There is far more to this book than the typical outpourings on behavioural management as the author, an educational psychologist, offers so much more. She offers advice about what it means to be a teacher and all the skills required to do this amongst fellow teaching professionals and within the school community, which includes pupils and parents. Perceptive, focused and easy to read – new teachers will rapidly want to turn the pages before the academic year starts and refer to it again and again!' -
Youth in Mind

Praise for the first edition:

'Reading the book, it was obvious that the author was writing from a perspective of having been there. I can certainly recommend this book. New and beginning teachers in both primary and secondary settings will find it a helpful and supportive resource' - Behaviour UK

An introductory compendium of useful information and advice. The author has paid particular attention to practice and policy in the UK and Australia.

The Teacher Trainer Journal

This book is very useful and offers simple practical advice. I have used this myself and have also used it to help my PGCE students.

Mr Oliver Johnstone
Public Services Department, Calderdale College
November 5, 2015

A good book for the library and useful for PGCE but not for the reading list. We try to keep to just a few books for this.

Ms Helen Thomas
Secondary & Post-Compulsory Education, Birmingham City University
February 28, 2013

An easy and quick read which provides useful tips for managing behaviour across the age phases. The case studies and reflection points are useful to share ideas and to discuss practice in a seminar. Thank you

Mrs Sarah Martin-Denham
Education , Sunderland University
August 31, 2012

This book will be added to the reading list for Unit 2 and Behaviour Management Optional Unitfor CTLLS and DTLLS.
A practical step by step guide of key themes to consider in managing behaviour and promoting positive behaviour.
The resources section at the back is also helpful, with useful websites. Reflective questions help to engage the reader and encourage the reader to consider their own practice.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
July 3, 2012

Useful advice and guidance for trainee teacher to utilise. Good to see many scenarios to consider and points for reflection throughout. Will be invaluable.

Mrs Pam Lavender
Professional Development, South Staffordshire College
March 14, 2012

I have used this book as a resource for staff development more so than ITE. The case studies and reflective activity are a good resource to use.
Easy to read, accessible for all staff.

Mrs Nicola Sowe
NBS Consultancy and Training, NBS Consultancy and Training (Teaching and Learning)
December 19, 2011

This book will be added to our reading list for the upcoming academic year. I particularly like the case studies throughout, which I am confident will provide a forum for debate and discussion in lectures and challenge the thoughts and beliefs of our trainee teachers. It serves as an excellent guide to addressing the many behavioural issues we face in teaching and will certainly oprovide our students with some useful 'tools' and ideas to assist them in tackling issues around behaviour, when they are undertaking their teaching placements.

Mr Andy Stopher
School of Education Studies, St Mary's College
July 22, 2011

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