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Classroom Behaviour: A Practical Guide to Effective Teaching, Behaviour Management and Colleague Support [Paperback]

Bill Rogers
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11 Mar 2011 0857021672 978-0857021670 Third Edition
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In this Third Edition of his bestselling book, Bill Rogers looks at the issues facing teachers working in today's classrooms. Describing real situations and dilemmas, he offers advice on dealing with the challenges of the job, and how building up a rapport with both students and colleagues can support good practice.

New to this edition are sections on:

- dealing with bullying;

- teaching students on the autistic spectrum in a mainstream classroom;

- working with very challenging students.

New features included in the text are:

- a wider range of case studies, covering students aged 4 to 18;

- questions for discussion;

- a Glossary of key terms.

Bill Rogers understands the demanding nature of the job, and offers wise words and inspirational encouragement to all those involved in educating our children and young people.

Watch a video of Bill Rogers discuss the main challenges facing teachers in schools today; his new book 'Classroom Behaviour, Third Edition' and what advice he would give to aspiring teachers.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Third Edition edition (11 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857021672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857021670
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Bill Rogers taught for many years before becoming an Education Consultant and author; he lectures widely on behaviour management, discipline, effective teaching, stress management and teacher welfare across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Bill also works as a mentor-teacher, team teaching in challenging schools and is well aware of the challenges of teacher leadership in schools today. Bill Rogers has written several books for SAGE Publications. His book "Classroom Behaviour" has been translated into several languages in its various editions.

His first UK DVD "Cracking the Challenging Class" is available for sale on Amazon (search for "Bill Rogers DVD" from the Amazon Home Page, or in Film & TV). View clips at, or on Author Page below right.

To find out more about Bill's work, visit his website where you will find full details of how to book him for a workshop or training event.

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Praise for previous editions:

'He is consciously reflective of day-to-day classroom experiences and this 'in touch with' dimension in his writings gives him credibility and encourages his readers to develop their own practice' - Mike O'Connor, The Psychology of Education Review, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp.44-45

'He presents with vivid authenticity - his stories are always a potent cocktail of pain and humour - tales of classroom and school challenge with which any practicing teacher immediately identifies' - Professor Sir Tim Brighouse, Times Educational Supplement

'Bill Rogers has inspired a generation of teachers through his books and lectures. He has the gift of credibility, talking to real teachers about real classrooms, and never patronising us' - Geoff Barton, Times Educational Supplement

About the Author

Bill Rogers is an education consultant. A teacher by profession, Bill now lectures widely on discipline and behaviour management issues, classroom management, stress and teaching, colleague support, developing peer-support programs for teachers and developing community-oriented policies for behaviour management, based on whole-school approaches. He works in every area of education (primary, post-primary and tertiary) conducting in-service programs for teachers, lecturing widely at Colleges of Education and Universities, working with parent groups and students in schools. He has taken seminars, in-services, lecture-programs and developed in-school workshops across Australasia, New-Zealand, U.K, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Estonia; in the past thirty years.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "nuts and bolts" of behaviour control. 14 July 2008
I moved over, asked him how his work was going, and, before parting, quietly said: "The bin's over there" (gesturing with my eyes to the bin). He smiled, walked over to the bin, and spat out his chewing gum.

That's what happened when I put Bill Rodger's specific guidance to common classroom problems into practice: it worked! In the past I used to take a more aggressive manner, sticking a foul-smelling bin under the nose of any child which chew in my class--this inevitably disrupted the flow of the lesson for the whole class as they protested at the unfairness.

This book is explicit in describing what to communicate (verbally and through body language) in managing a class, and breaks down the "firm but fair" approach into its core-components. It's easy to read, and the messages black-and-white. He adds real-life teaching stories which not only put his guidance into a classroom perspective, but make for amusing reading!

I wish I had read this book before my PGCE, rather than at the end.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book any teacher could buy 8 Jan 2007
I work in quite a challenging school. During my first 2 years of training I really did question whether teaching was for me. I had bought similar books (getting buggers to behave, etc) but was not overly inspired. However, a friend had mentioned the author and claimed he was fantastic. I bought the book not really expecting much. However, each of his suggestions and explanations were so brilliant and easy that I couldn't wait to try them out. I'm in my 5th year of teaching and I still refer to the book. I have passed the book around my department and we all use the basic strategies. If you buy one book on teaching, get this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place for trainee teachers to start 8 Dec 2009
If my experience is anything to go by, providers of teacher training are for some reason very reluctant to give advice on managing behaviour in the classroom. This book filled a big hole in my training and gave me the basic tools to get to work on the behaviour issues in my classes.

I wouldn't take it as an instant recipe for success- pupils are all individuals and what works for one will not work for another. This is, however, an excellent place to start thinking about how you will develop and refine your management style. Readable, knowing, and funny, this is definitely one to keep coming back to.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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The book opens with a description of how the author failed at school and left after posting caricatures of the teachers on the school walls - as reported in the Daily Express. As a new teacher, having previously worked in supply, I wondered how I would possibly cope. This book was recommended by my headteacher and gives practical methods for handling classes, setting rules, discipling and more. The book details how to set class rules with a classroom meeting (or in circle time in Primary) and refers discipline problems back to these jointly developed rules. However this book really is a practical guide and is full of real examples of both bad and good teaching practice taken from both the author's own teaching experience and from working as a consultant. It realy is frightening to see what you have done wrong and what you should have done instead! If the contents of this book were taught in PGCE courses we wouldn't have anywhere near the bahavioural problems we see in schools today. If you a teacher - buy this book - especially if you are a NQT
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than first meets the eye.... 12 July 2010
Writen in a very simple style, it's too easy to dismiss the information contained here. Most unfortunate situations are covered and when one occurs in real life, it feels as if you've already been through it once and have a fair idea of what to do (or what not to do!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real-life examples used 24 May 2010
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Excellent real-life examples used, very readable and interesting. Much better than other books I have leafed through in the bookshops. Very clear and definitive advice given. Superb book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE Behaviour management book 9 July 2009
Right, i read cowley, hated it and thought there was no point to behaviour management books. However, i've started reading this and applying it to the classroom is really starting to work.

I now work as supply, where your rep in school has to be as a tough guy to get the work done. However, applying some of Bill's techniques has worked brilliantly. As another reviewer said, doing the "the bin is over there" trick work's fantastically and referring to the classroom as "our room" instead of "my classroom" gives the kids the ownership they deserve.

If you are going to buy Cowley's "getting the buggers to behave" forget it, buy this instead and make a difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What can I say other than I REALLY like this book?!

During my teacher training I had dipped in to some other books which offer advice on managing behaviour-especially after I had one challenging year 6 class-however I didn't come away feeling anymore 'uplifted' or empowered at how to deal with the constant challenges that were wearing me down! What really sets this book apart is that it realistically and optimistically covers so many different and authentic scenarios,ranging from the constant low level disrupters such as lateness/wearing trainers to class-'look-at-me!' behaviours-to students walking out and even brandishing weapons! The advice offered is always sound and-most importantly- authentic (no idealism here!)and allows you to reflect on how you could have and will now handle a situation, without having to resort to raising your voice/stand-off confrontations/threats/handing out repetitive sanctions. Every 'scenario' that is painted shows the teacher calmly in control, not losing face or authority, and I'm really looking forward to putting these approaches into my practice now.

I really do love how the book explores a range of issues-the causes/the effects/our own personal ways of dealing with emotion and how we can support our pupils in becoming more emotionally literate-all the while balancing humour with truth in just the right amounts! The author obviously has huge sympathy for teachers who have to face these daily challenges,and is a very likeable guy in the way he discusses all the many issues covered in the book-even how to handle some dreaded situations with parents-one simple piece of advice recommended asking the parent to sit down-removing a largepart of their ability to be 'physically' angry. The simple things...

I wish I had bought this book 2 year ago when I had that particularly challenging year 6 class-I honestly feel it would have saved me from being 'that' teacher with a bit of a vendetta!
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Published 13 days ago by Lorraine Shwenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy to read and very funny
Great, easy to read and very funny. True to life accounts and lots of useful tips on dealing with them. I will keep this and refer to it always!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma Sanderon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by pete
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of analysis of bad behaviour and how teachers react but some...
A big book with a lot of information - a bit heavy going in places. A lot of analysis of bad behaviour and how teachers react but some good pointers too
Published 2 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for any student or new teacher.
Great book - well laid out and easy to read. Was quite wordy and found that many examples given of how not to react where obvious, but overall the theory and ideas are good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barnezze
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmm
There is no practical guide....Saying you can control these 'kids' is like saying you can mould farts. Up to you.
Published 5 months ago by Author The Reluctant Disciples
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
This is apparently the main book to read for good classroom behaviour. It is first class. If you're having difficulty - read it!
Published 7 months ago by B. Cherry
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book for any trainee teacher
This book has helped me understand the different modern ways I could use in order to 'control' my classes as a trainee teacher.
Published 8 months ago by Kiki
5.0 out of 5 stars really helpful
it's really helpful and it give you great hints which I have personally used in my classroom; I don't know what English students are like, I know what Spanish students are like,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diego A. P. García
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes life easier?!
Tricks of the trade in discouraging and dealing with student misbehavior that teacher training usually cannot fully explore. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shane Coleman
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