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The Behaviour Guru: Behaviour Management Solutions for Teachers [Paperback]

Tom Bennett
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2 Sep 2010 1441128603 978-1441128607
Teaching isn't all about teaching; new teachers quickly realise that they need to be lion tamers too. Controlling a class isn't something that comes naturally to everyone - but it can be learned. This no-nonsense guide tells teachers what the teacher training didn't, and offers instant strategies for dealing with the most common, and extreme, classroom scenarios. Using his experiences of teaching in inner-city schools, as Behaviour Guru on the TES advice forum and working as a nightclub bouncer, Tom Bennett helps teachers, old and new, to assert their authority in the classroom.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441128603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441128607
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Tom Bennett was born in Scotland where he studied Philosophy because he was told 'that's where the big bucks are.' After realising that even the philosophers you've heard of died in penniless shame, he fell into the liquor/ jazz world of running nightclubs in Soho, London where he met a variety of people who are unlikely to trouble the pages of Country Life anytime soon.

When Soho got tired of him eight years later he made a break for sunlight. He trained to be a teacher, finding his vocation in teaching philosophy and religious studies to children more interested in appearing on TV talent shows and texting unimaginative insults to each other. Soon after, he discovered that teaching children was more like dealing with drunk people in nightclubs than was immediately apparent.

Wanting to share this wisdom with a profession that was trained to be about as unprepared for the demands of dealing with modern classes as it was possible to be, he started writing for the Times Educational Supplement. Eventually he became an online agony uncle for the TES behaviour forum, where desperate teachers posted queries about crowd control, cat herding and dodging missiles. This led to his first book, The Behaviour Guru, released in 2010. A follow up, 'Not Quite a Teacher' is due to be released sometime in 2011, also by Continuum.

Also that year he became a School Teacher Fellow of Corpus Christi, the University of Cambridge, where he began researching the third of his 'Lord of the Rings' style trilogy. Possible names include 'The Return of da Ting.' Nothing set in stone yet.

Other work has included acting as Consultant for Lime Pictures on the documentary 'Teacher in the House' for BBC3, and appearing as a rent-a-gob on BBC1 Breakfast to discuss behaviour management.

He currently teaches in an inner city comprehensive in the East End of London. Because, like Billie Piper, he wants to.

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'This is a very good book indeed, both timely and necessary…. Bennett writes with humour, style, understanding, a massive amount of common sense and not a little wisdom. And how often do you use those words in an educational context?' --Times Educational Supplement

'a jargon-free, unpatronising, highly browsable and accessible set of responses and suggested solutions to common classroom management issues…if you want an instant answer without having to wade through pages of search results, other people's mis'spelled comments on the forum, or just a reminder that you are not alone in the big bad world of behaviour, you would do well to turn to this book which seems, like Mr Bennett himself (and perhaps that really annoying kid who sits near the back in 9X4), to have an answer for everything... a book that no self-respecting staff room or faculty office should be without… our Behaviour Guru hovers, like a guardian angel, ready to gently reassure, redirect and reintroduce classroom Zen.' --Jenny Turner, Journal of Trainee Teacher Educational Research, UK

About the Author

Tom Bennett is the behaviour guru on the TES advice forum, and a teacher at Raines Foundation - an inner city state secondary school in London, UK. Tom is Head of Humanities, Religious Studies and Philosophy and is author of 'Class Act', A TES Essential Guide to Behaviour Management.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Sep 2010
I've really enjoyed reading The BG. It is funny and entertaining but also intelligent and it presents a lot of useful hints about behaviour managemant in the classroom. It doesn't happen very often that you come across a book that gives you solutions to your problems and makes you laugh at the same time. Highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Behaviour Guru 15 Jan 2011
By Cajgirl
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A really good book for dipping into, because it is written in lots of small scenarios. As a trainee teacher I really recommend it but I'm sure even seasoned teachers will find it useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From a non teaching point of view! 6 Dec 2010
I am not a teacher but bought it as a gift for a friend who is and read it before I gave the book to them as it looked fun. I found it very intresting, sharp and obviously written by someone who loves teaching. Which is very refreshing. 4 Gold stars!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every teacher 8 Sep 2010
By Chris B
This book should be compulsory reading for every teacher. It is packed with solutions (some simple, some innovative, all brilliant) to every imaginable classroom issue and manages to be highly entertaining with it. Read it in a weekend and see how much more confident you are walking into school on Monday morning. Then put it on the shelf with your reference books because you will go back to it time and time again. More please!
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Tom Bennett's book is a selection of the questions from TES he has answered in section format. Generally he offers very samey advice throughout and personally I feel for those that seek reassurance about escalation and following procedure this is a good book, but for an insight into behaviour management I recommend Bill Rogers of Gererd Dixie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read and read again... 2 April 2014
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When you have doubts about the choice you made to become a teacher, when you think you are so lonely and you are the only person on earth who can't cope with these "challenging" students...You don't even need to read it cover to cover (but you will want to!), a few pages here and there are enough. This is my "feel good" book! Thank you Mr Bennett
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Bennett's style is super-readable and the content edifying. While the answers to the letters (for that is what the book comprises) start to get repetitive towards the end, this is simply because the author has a clear and consistent line to behaviour management: lay down the rules and apply them consistently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice 27 Feb 2014
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First of all I really like the cover of the book, it's bright and has a playful element to it. The book mostly consists of Q&As so I think it is better suited if you just want to flick through a page and absorb some advice. The central piece of advice I think that flows throughout the book is that actions speak louder than words so you have to be consistent in your behaviour management.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips but a bit of an aggressive writing style
Overall this book is good and I am glad I bought it and I will probably refer to it again when in need. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Murusaki
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent hands on advice
excellent hands on book pity his other books are so boring they are to wordy the type of books quoting other books that you have to read in teacher training
Published 6 months ago by Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really engaging book with real life examples throughout. I would recommend to any teacher having any concerns or problems with behaviour management, as well as all new teachers who... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachel Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest, straight-forward advise for the classroom
This book is an easy read, straight forward advise and behaviour strategies for the classroom, put together in a question and answer format. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Seems to be just what's needed - all of the main problems of behaviour management addressed, along with Tom Bennett's trademark down to earth wisdom.
Published 12 months ago by RK
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I mention that I work in a nightclub?!
Received this book as a gift from NUT and cannot for a moment see why this gets such rave reviews. The author begins in a chummy 'I know exactly what you're going through' spiel... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and useful
I would recommend this book to anyone involved with teaching, from someone just starting out to an experienced individual.
It is very easy to read, actually making me laugh. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Oxfordshire 16
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all teachers
Tom first came to my attention with his blog posts reviewing Jamie's Dream School, and those told me that here was someone who could write, write well, and be entertaining. Read more
Published 20 months ago by P. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshes even experienced teachers!
I have been teaching for 16 years and still found a lot to learn from this book. It can be easy to slip into patterns and routines after all that time and I was finding my usual... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mrs H. Boson
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