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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 4th Revised edition edition (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143989924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441173140
  • ASIN: 1441173145
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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

From the Author

Tearing Your Hair Out?
In floods of tears in the staffroom? If you are, I know exactly how you feel, because I've been there too. And that's why I wrote this book. With 5 years of teaching experience, I realised that I had a lot of tips and advice that might help those teachers experiencing difficulties with 'getting the buggers to behave'.

There's no theory in my book. Just lots of ideas about what you might do to help you survive in the classroom. Why not try it and see? And just to whet your appetite further, here's a little of what Tim Brighouse said about my book in his TES review:

"This 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."

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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56 of 57 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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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 2002
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This book is fantastic! I really can't recommend it enough... Very easy to read with lots of practical examples to ground the theory. Sue genuinely understands the issues behind bad behaviour and seeks to address those. Some of her suggestions will be things you do anyway, but it is worth reading the book to really consolidate it in your head! Another thing I found refreshing was that she is not naive with pupils (eg you say come here to a pupil and they always do!) but she does explain how a certain attitude and consistency will always work ultimately (even if the child does not 'come here'.) Highly Highly Highly recommended... Thanks Sue :)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sep 2001
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Some very useful tips and advice on behaviour management that applies to both the primary and secondary sectors. The book is written in a style that is easily accesible, and uses plain straight forward English. The case studies are very good, and the advice for time management is brilliant.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 2002
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I am a student teacher and have found this book really interesting. It gave me ideas as to how to start off when I get my own class and also made me think of a few things that had never entered my mind before. Well worth the money.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By lynne_head@btopenworld.com on 4 Feb 2002
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Year 7 getting you down? Year 10 driving you mad? This book is full of practical advice for getting the buggers to behave! Realistic strategies that really work - take it from me, I've tried them! Go on ... give them hell!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By The All Powerful on 19 Jan 2002
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Sue Cowley presents a behaviour management book for experienced teachers and NQTs alike. Working in a tough inner city school, I thought positive behaviour management would never work, but I was proved wrong! Cowley's engaging and 'jargon free' style makes this an interesting read, and the tips, simple as they seem at first glance,have certainly sorted out 'those unmanageable year 9's on Friday period 5'!! A must have for anybody with a class they dread...
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53 of 60 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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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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