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Cracking the Hard Class: Strategies for Managing the Harder Than Average Class [Paperback]

Bill Rogers
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31 Oct 2006 1412923565 978-1412923569 Second Edition
At some point in every teacher's career he/she will encounter the `hard class' and from day one the countdown to the end of the day, term and year is on in earnest. But as demanding as it may be, a difficult class does not have to dominate and permeate through all waking moments. Bill Rogers, in Cracking the Hard Class, Second Edition, highlights many practical strategies that can be implemented to overcome the hard class syndrome.

These include: identifying what makes a class `hard'; developing a class behaviour plan; developing colleague support; following up on disruptive students; changing patterns of bad behaviour; and assisting relief teachers and the hard class.

As well as constructive ideas and strategies, Cracking the Hard Class, Second Edition also highlights the normality of the pressures and stress felt by teachers dealing with these classes.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (31 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412923565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412923569
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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'The book offers a very practical approach to building specific skills that will give teachers confidence in dealing with their toughest customers' - Debate

'Teachers struggling to manage "difficult" pupils may be relieved to learn that the author, along with many other educationalists, believes that effective teaching can be developed by acquiring the necessary skills - you don't have to be born with them! This book is full of those skills and how to put them into practice. With stress levels apparently rising amongst teachers, Bill Rogers' calm approach to tackling even the most extreme behavioural problems in the classroom, to create a "more positive working environment", will come as a relief to many teachers' - Youthinmind

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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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent management strategies 3 Aug 2000
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This is an excellent book for teachers at any key stage who have one or more "difficult" pupils in their class, as well as those with the "hard class". It provides simple and effective behaviour management strategies and makes you realise you not alone and that it's okay to have a bad day. It mainly discusses secondary education but does refer to primary. Many of the strategies are suitable for all levels anyway. An absolute must-have for teachers.
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If you are a fan of Bill Rogers then this book will not disappoint. If you have never heard of him and want to know more about strategies for coping with discipline, then read this. An excellent book with many clear ideas and examples that will undoubtedly change the way you teach. This book covers all key stages but seems to edge slightly more towards secondary school. Buy it now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars NQTs need this! 19 Feb 2009
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Offers really good practical advice and reminds you that most of the time, their poor behaviour is pretty much down to you!!! If you really want to change them and yourself, read it! Made the world of difference to my teaching!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute lifesaver! 2 Feb 2010
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After working in a really tough school for a long time, I found this book invaluable. I started using it in my training year then carried it onto my first post where I used the tricks and tips constantly - I felt empowered by the amount of new activities I had at my fingertips.
A bit time consuming to read it at first, but soooo worth it. Once you've read it once you can then go back and dip in and dip out of it.
Bill Roger's is a genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy more of his books 6 Dec 2013
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As a teacher in a truly comprehensive school, his words of wisdom are invaluable.

I have bought some of his other books since reading this one, because that's how useful 'Cracking the Hard s is!'

It's a simply must have, for any teacher or anyone NQT.
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