There are a wealth
of teaching books with strategies and tips for dealing with challenging
behaviour and disruptive students. Most teachers know a variety of strategies
and have had some success in implementing them. But what happens when
they don't work? In the fast-paced, pressurised, often chaotic life
of a school, there are times when even the best tried and tested ideas do
not seem to work with some classes and some students. There are days when
some children seem completely unteachable and unreachable. Although a relatively
small group of pupils, these children take up a lot of teacher's planning,
thinking and emotional time. Even the most experienced teacher will have
times when these pupils do not respond, leaving the teacher feeling de-skilled
This book is aimed
at helping teachers deal with these situations and feelings. It explores
the factors behind those 'bad days' and looks at what can be done when nothing
seems to work.
There are several
good books on effective behaviour management. There are also books about
therapeutic work with children who are having emotional and behavioural
problems at school. Based on the author's experience as a teacher, trainer
and Educational Therapist, this book combines both types of thinking. The
book looks at the issue from two perspectives:
The teacher (primary
The book includes
practical, accessible examples based on the writer's experience. Real-life
examples include failures as well as successes, showing what can happen in
the everyday classroom.
The first section
includes an extensive list of effective behaviour management strategies.
The second section
then offers an easily accessible framework for understanding the behaviour
of those children for whom basic strategies do not always work. .From this
enhanced understanding, another list of principles and good practice is offered
in the final section.