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The purveyor of many behavioural fallacies but some good advice here.
on 29 August 2017
It always shocks me how popular this book is. Maybe it's the title itself because this text, generally, is quite poor. It is the proponent, in the main, of a heavily rewards based system where you shower kids with gifts for even a modicum of good behaviour. The other thing I dislike is that some ideas are simply mad and would get the opposite of good behaviour in a tough or even slightly difficult school.
One example is where if a class is being rude or not listening, you should stand in a bin and say "you're treating me like rubbish so I'll stand in the bin." You'd be laughed out of the school.
An example of overt rewards is the postcard bribe. The idea is that if you're faced with a class that won't listen at all you should stand in a corner and pull out a pile of postcards. Then you should say "anyone who listens to me will have a postcard home". Pathetic. There are many such ideas in this book.
One saving grace is that she does say you should have high expectations and communicate these. Some other minor points are good but nothing new or innovative.
Sadly, there's no mention of the fact that students should be expected to behave and instead seeks to shock, entertain, bribe, praise or baffle kids to behave well. Schools should have firm discipline where teachers assert their authority by being assertive. We shouldn't sacrifice our dignity to make a class laugh for 5 minutes. Also, there's no ethos that kids should behave because of the innate benefit of education. It's all just bells and whistles.
Read 'teach like a Champion' if you want something good.