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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Education; 5th edition edition (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472909216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472909213
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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Pupil behaviour is commonly the most worrying thing on beginner teachers minds. Sue s book gives is a clear, concise and comprehensive guide to creating the conditions for learning that teachers and pupils need to succeed. I would recommend this book to everyone entering the teaching profession, the guidance it offers will enable you to become the very best teacher you can be. --- Nicholas Hall, Teach First Director and education author

OF PREVIOUS EDITION: 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

The many suggestions are incredibly useful and work! Great to find examples of what I tell students to do, and why, in this book. An essential text. > --- Senior Lecturer</i

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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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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 3 Sept. 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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Sue Cowley is the super confident behaviour guru who I was lucky enough to meet at the Education Show and was able to take part in one of her training sessions. I bought my personal copy at the Education Show and enjoyed reading every page! Like her 'Getting the buggers to behave 2', this book is just a joy to read, even hilarious! There are plenty of tips and tricks to take control in the classroom. Her books certainly helped me to take control when I was a new teacher! I still go back from time to time for a giggle, because it is so good. Even though I have now been teaching several years, I still relate to a lot of the stories that Sue uses to highlight strategies for overcoming unsatisfactory behavior. I am instantly reminded of some of the experiences that I had as a new teacher. Everything Sue writes about is definitely still relevant today!

I would wholeheartedly recommend any of the books in her series, even if only for a bit of fun bed-time reading!

Please let me know if my review is useful. Feel free to make suggestions for improvement. Thanks.
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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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