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"Miss, I don’t give a sh*t"

"Miss, I don’t give a sh*t"
Engaging with challenging behaviour in schools

October 2021 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Thirty-five pupils are being excluded from our schools every day, many of whom are the most vulnerable children in society.

School students with behavioural needs, who challenge the adults around them, have much to contribute to society, but many see these opportunities closed off before the reach adulthood.

This is where you come in; what you do in your classroom makes a difference. This book provides you with practical approaches and strategies that will help you to support the behavioural needs of the pupils in your classroom while also looking after yourself.

From relationship building and teaching self-regulation to fostering inclusivity and paying attention to your own personal safety, Adele Bates unpicks some of the most difficult aspects of being a teacher and empowers you to grow as a confident classroom professional in the classroom.

Chapter 1: “Miss, you look sh*t”: Boundaries, negotiations and care – for you
Chapter 2: “Miss, there’s no way I’m coming to your class”: Safety first (learning second)
Chapter 3: “Miss, you are not Mum”: Building Relationship
Chapter 4: “Miss, you don’t even know me”: See the child, not the behaviour
Chapter 5: “Miss, but I am being quiet”: Explicitly teaching behaviour and self-regulation
Chapter 6: “Miss, you are the worst teacher ever”: Don’t take it personally
Chapter 7: “Miss, I’m too thick to be in this class”: Inclusivity, belonging and bias
Chapter 8: “Miss, do you live in this classroom?”: Be part of a team
Chapter 9: “Miss, this school is dead”: Schoolwide approaches to behaviour
Chapter 10: “Miss, do you actually know what you’re doing?”: Troubleshooting

A humorously-written book detailing all you need to know about creating effective relationships in the classroom and revolutionising the way we view teaching and learning.

FJ King
Teacher and KS4 Lead

Looking for a breath of fresh air when it comes to behaviour management? Look no further. With wit and wisdom, passion and compassion, Adele Bates not only puts the relationships between teacher and young person at the heart of the educational endeavour, but also gives that young person a voice.

Ian Gilbert
Founder, Independent Thinking

This book offers an in-depth, detailed and nuanced overview of the subject of behaviour, with a particular focus on building relationships, helping pupils to feel safe and on teacher self-care. It is a must read book for all teachers, and will be particularly helpful for those working in the most challenging contexts, staff in alternative provision and those working with children who have SEND and SEMH.

Sue Cowley
Internationally renowned teacher trainer and author of over 30 books on education

Adele Bates has written a highly readable book brimming with practical ideas, exuberant optimism and encouragement of experimentation. She urges practitioners to see beyond the so-called bad behaviour to the human being in context. This is a book that celebrates the importance of reflection, empathy and care,  including the all vital task of self-care. 

Melissa Benn
Writer and education campaigner

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