Some of my favourite behaviour management resources for you to check out.
I am an avid reader and anything I can get my hands on in the field of behaviour and learning, I devour.
I have put together a list of some outstanding behaviour management resources that I use and recommend to teachers.
10 Micro Skills by Christine Richmond (hard to find)
Christine Richmond worked in Queensland, Australia and her work on the essential skills of a classroom teacher has been adopted in a number of Australian states. The 10 skills clearly identify what good teachers do.
Classroom Management: A Thinking and Caring Approach by Barrie Bennett and Peter Smilanich
This is a really useful book, full of real-life examples from the classroom, combined with helpful, practical, positive strategies.
You Know The Fair Rule by Bill Rogers.
Bill Rogers is the guru of behaviour and it is easy to see why. His advice is based on years of experience working with teachers and he is realistic rather than prescriptive. He provides very clear and specific advice for what to say and dealing with problem behaviour.
The New Teacher’s Survival Guide to Behaviour (Second Edition) by Sue Roffey
As the title indicates this is a great book for new educators. From how to build relationships to looking after your own wellbeing this book is very comprehensive.
Sue Roffey combines the practicalities of the classroom, with empathy and caring for students with behaviour issues.
Understanding Challenging Behaviour
The Explosive Child by Ross Greene
Lost at School by Ross Greene
These excellent books by Ross Greene delve into the issues facing students from difficult and chaotic backgrounds and provide a problem solving approach for working effectively with these students.
10 Ways To Manage That Tricky Kid – Free Download – A guide by Marie Amaro
Resources for Developing Thinking Skills Ralph Pirozzo
I love Ralph Pirrozzo and if you ever get the chance to see him in action, grab it! His enthusiasm and energy is infectious and inspiring and his processes for differentiation and engagement are amazing.
Kagan Cooperative Learning by Dr Spencer Kagan and Miguel Kagan
Kagan provides clear boundaries, frameworks and learning strategies for simple set up in any classroom.
The Rock and Roll Classroom by Rich Allen
Rich Allen is a teacher, keynote speaker and story teller as well as a musician. He is a master of his craft and has an engaging and inspirational approach to working with students. He has a PhD in Educational Psychology and promotes brain-based learning strategies and effective use of music to improve learning. His research based approach is motivating and easy to implement in classrooms.
How Children Learn by John Holt
How Children Fail by John Holt
I think everyone studying teaching should read these! The two books by John Holt document his experiences as a teacher and his relentless enthusiasm for his students. He has a unique way of looking at students and his curiousity about the way kids learn has yielded very interesting perspectives for the classroom.
27 Ways to Improve Classroom Instruction by Gary Phillips and Maurice Gibbons
This is a wonderful book that is easy to read with practical examples of how to teach and encourage students to be self-directed learners. Fantastic resource
8 Ways at Once by Helen McGrath and Toni Noble
Using Bloom’s taxonomy, McGrath and Noble have written a useful and practical guide to differentiated teaching and learning.
Teaching With The Brain In Mind by Eric Jensen
Though this is not a new book, it is a useful publication and contains up-dated information about the brain and effective brain-based learning strategies.
Rewarded by Punishment by John Maag
This seminal article demonstrates the reluctance of teachers to use positive reinforcement because they think it is coercive, but have no compunction about using punishment. An affirming and interesting read for anyone on the positive behaviour approach journey.
Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
Dan Pink is an inspiration! He writes in an engaging and easy to read style, backed up with current research. While his focus is often business, the precepts are useful and highly applicable to education.
Mindset: How We Can Learn To Fulfil Our Potential by Carol Dweck
A ground-breaking book detailing results of years of research about how mindset determines what you can achieve. For teachers it is highly revealing that what we say to young people affects how they view themselves and consequently how well they learn.
Encouraging Expected Behaviour by Tim Lewis
An easy-to-read article that details effective use of positive reinforcement with lots of practical ideas.
Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools by Peta Blood and Margaret Thorsborn
Peta Blood and Margaret Thorsborn are the acknowledged experts in the field of Restorative Practices, and this book examines the issues of implementing RP in schools and the importance of a whole school approach led by the top.