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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 4th Revised edition edition (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441173145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441173140
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sue Cowley is an experienced teacher and subject co-ordinator, whose specialisms are in English and Drama. After qualifying as a primary school teacher, she taught in a number of different secondary schools in London and Bristol. She has also worked overseas at an international school in Portugal.

Sue is the best selling author of eighteen teaching and parenting books, including "Getting the Buggers to Behave", which has sold over 120,000 copies and has been translated around the world. Sue has written articles and columns for a number of teaching publications, including the TES, Child Education, Junior Education and Teacher Magazine.

Sue is a internationally renowned teacher trainer, who provides INSET for schools and other educational establishments around the UK and in Europe. She has given presentations for high profile organisations, including the NUT, the GTC, Fast Track, Cambridge and Bedfordshire Universities, and to a number of deputy and head teacher conferences. Sue appears on Teachers' TV, helping teachers develop their behaviour management skills. As well as working with school teachers, Sue has also trained a range of other educational staff, including teaching assistants, librarians and college lecturers.

Sue's primary aim through her work is to give practical, realistic and honest advice. Her books offer a combination of tips, ideas and strategies, written in an easily accessible and amusing way. Through the training courses that she runs, Sue puts across her ideas about teaching in a fun and engaging format. She still works with school children on a voluntary basis, so that she can keep up to date with 'life at the chalk face'. She is also Chair of the Committee at her local voluntary run preschool.

Sue's website is: www.suecowley.co.uk

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'The book is rich and realistic: rich in the array of strategies and examples that work, and realistic in that it is based on vivid examples of how youngsters misbehave....Cowley has some illuminating and always useful ideas. Her advice is practical, sound and interspersed with imaginative ideas that arrest attention.' --Times Education Supplement

'If I was head of a school always (unfortunately) discussing behaviour, I would buy a copy for all the staff (including support staff), arrange an Inset day and review the whole-school policies and practices to enable all teachers to observe each other's practice in a focused way.' --Tim Brighouse, formerly Chief Education Officer for Birmingham and Commissioner for London Schools

'Children are not the enemy - they are children - even the 18-year-olds, and this book offers much sound advice to keep you sane and happy through your teaching career.' --Amazon reviewer

Written with Sue Cowley s characteristic humour and sharp wit, this is a must have for all teachers full of practical, easy to use and effective ideas --Teach Primary, 1st August 2010

'Children are not the enemy - they are children - even the 18-year-olds, and this book offers much sound advice to keep you sane and happy through your teaching career.' --Amazon reviewer

Written with Sue Cowley s characteristic humour and sharp wit, this is a must have for all teachers full of practical, easy to use and effective ideas --Teach Primary, 1st August 2010

'Children are not the enemy - they are children - even the 18-year-olds, and this book offers much sound advice to keep you sane and happy through your teaching career.' --Amazon reviewer

About the Author

Sue Cowley is an expert on behaviour management, and on creative approaches to teaching and learning. She has written numerous bestselling education and parenting books, which have been translated and published around the world. Sue has written for many teaching publications and was a regular presenter on Teachers TV. She has also been called to appear in front of the Education Select Committee, as an expert witness on behaviour in schools. She works internationally as a writer, trainer and presenter, as well as helping to run her local preschool.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By BG on 5 May 2007
Format: Paperback
OK, so I admit I started reading this with a giant pinch of salt at the ready. It was unnecessary. I've been teaching for almost thirty years now, I've seen many ( too many ) changes in that time and if I had to give a book to a trainee teacher then this would be the one.

Children are not the enemy - they are children - even the 18 year olds - and this book offers much sound advice to keep you sane and happy through your teaching career.

This is an excellent guide to one of the best professions in the world.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Bowman on 27 Aug. 2006
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We've all heard it before. If kids missbehave in your lesson you must "Inspire" them, or plan the lesson better, or be more "enthaustic" or blah, blah, blah. I generally cut out at this point because, like most teachers, I'm doing all of the above and I know even the best planned and most exciting lesson can go wrong.

I picked up this book half way through my PGCE and all the advice it gave clicked into place and rapidly improved my classroom management and immediently helped my teaching.

What makes it so effective is that Sue is mearly human herself, who has learnt how to be a good teacher over the years. The book shows a great understanding of what it's like to be a teacher and how difficult it can be managing certain classes or just making a good lesson go even better.

This book it demonstrates how to get pupils to do as you say, how to get them to want to behave and how to manage it all when things do go wrong without stressing yourself out to much. All the factors that make slesson more positive.

Cowley manages to to do all this in a practical fashion with numerous examples of different real life situations.

It's written in such a easy to follow fashion that it ends up being more helpful than anyother educational book (excluding Bill Rogers) or LEA confrence you'll ever read or attend.

You may not want to do things 100% as Sue Cowley susgests, but there is ample material with lots of different ideas that do work so you can remix them into your own personnal style.

An excellent tool for any teacher who wants sensible advice on improving their classroom management. Advice that actually helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Cockar on 11 Aug. 2010
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I found this book an easy read and found the advice within the book very helpful. It helps to focus your thinking on specific things you can do or change to help improve classroom behaviour. The advice given is clear and practical and therefore much easier to follow. Sue Cowley also avoids the theory behind learning and the psyco-analysis that may make the topic of classroom/behaviour management tedious and somewhat abstract. The practical "real" advice given that you can use is what makes the book 5 stars for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Feb. 2009
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I'm doing a PGCE and I've found this title absolutely brilliant for ideas on behaviour management. It's a really good easy read, and the only one I've felt like reading from cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Ringrose on 13 Jun. 2010
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I would recommend this book to all who are starting out in teaching. It is based on school age but is very good for FE 14-19. It gives really useful advice on how to deal with young people who are de-motivated and to prevent poor behaviour starting. It also goes on to give examples on how to deal with poor behaviour that is already in the class. It does what it says on the cover.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lucy H. Pearce on 4 Jan. 2007
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I found this a little simplisitic and thin on the ground. Having been lucky enough to be lectured by her on behaviour in person on my PGCE I know she really does know what she's talking about and can communicate with great clarity and humour. I prefer Bill Roger' "You know the fair rule" as a far more comprehensive guide to behaviour management.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Cantellow on 21 Jun. 2010
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The book is well written and gives some great advice for dealing with different levels of disruptive behaviour, including setting ground rules and following sanctions. I would definitely recommend this to any new teacher fearful of bad behaviour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loz on 25 Feb. 2010
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What a fab little book for any new teacher! This gives some exellent ideas for getting your class to behave. And I teach adults in further education, but equally applies to younger students. This is a must have for ANY tecaher!
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