By Marie Delaney, 2010
All teachers know
there can always be a challenging pupil in any class. This book starts from
what is directly observable in class.
A disruptive pupil
|..continually calls out
..rubbishes their own work
..is too quiet and withdrawn
..can't sit still, provokes and distracts others
..bullies and abuses teacher and otherpupils
..can't follow instructions
Marie Delaney goes straight
to the heart of the meaning of this behaviour in this quick and easy to follow
guide. She describes how teachers can recognise what 'behaviour as communication'
really means. She shows teachers, step by step, what they can say and do in
response. Throughout the book's worked examples, reference will be made also
to the role of parents, how they should be involved and approached and what
to say to them. The clarity and insight presented by the best selling author
of 'Teaching the Unteachable' will inspire teachers
everywhere, giving them real confidence to overcome classroom disruption and
focus on teaching settled children.
Chapter 1: Brief definitions and summaries of why child behaviour is
a form of communication, focusing on the effects of early childhood abuse, loss
and neglect on learning and relationships. Includes sample list of questions
teachers should ask about each child.
Chapters 2-10: Each chapter examines one typical aspect of challenging
behaviour. Using real life case studies, each worked example shows how to apply
this framework of thinking, and then suggests what could be said or done in
Marie Delaney is an experienced
teacher and educational psychotherapist and the Director of the Learning Harbour,
Cork in Ireland. Through workshops, training and writing she has developed an
outstanding reputation for clearly explaining workable, practical ways of overcoming
challenging behaviour in class.
A practical resource for teachers,
psychologists, parents, SENCO's, support staff, educational therapists, counsellors,
play therapists, Sure Start and nursery staff, governors, educational policy
makers, and all involved in facilitating pupils' learning and well-being.