Written by Stephen Baker, That Behaviour Book: The simple truth about teaching children is an essential book for every teacher, providing an engaging and unique mix of anecdotes, practical strategies and moral imperatives for successful and child-centred behaviour management.
What kind of teacher are you? What values, beliefs and principles do successful teachers have and how do they sustain these in the face of challenging pupil behaviour?
In this timely book, Stephen Baker contends that rigid punishment systems weaponize young people’s defiance against them and that punishment doesn’t work. He believes that teachers need to take responsibility for behaviour and to lead it, not just ‘manage’ it, that we need to love the kids (even if we don’t like them), that children are people, that we are an event in their lives, and that teaching is a relationship-based activity.
With each chapter followed by engaging ‘takeaway tasks’, That Behaviour Book will allow teachers to rapidly improve both their practice and their relationships with pupils and classes. The book looks at the values that will sustain you as a teacher, how routines will help you teach better and what ‘positive expectations’ really mean, making child-centred relational practice easy to apply in the classroom. Teachers will have a more realistic appreciation of their own situation and of the context in which they teach. In short, this book will help teachers learn how to get the very best out of their pupils.
That Behaviour Book is an essential guide for both the beginner and the more experienced teacher. Its unique tone makes it an indispensable companion for the busy teacher, providing a sense of connection, challenge and reassurance all at once. Stephen Baker’s anecdotes, drawn from his years as a pupil, teacher and trainer pack an emotional punch and are often hilarious.
Suitable for all teachers.