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The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction The oven: the emotional climate of the classroom
Circle solutions and the ASPIRE principles
The team 1
Traditional approaches to behaviour
Alternatives to a behaviourist model
Adolescents and their development Ingredients Content Section 1: getting things done Lateness to school / lessons Inattention Avoidance strategies Disorganization Helplessness Procrastination Distracted by others Starting but not finishing set work Disengagement Perfectionism Refusal to do differentiated work Section 2: dealing with disruption A noisy classroom Off-task conversations Pushing and poking others Fidgeting, humming and other noises Attention-seeking silliness Frequent interruptions Over-the-top behaviour Uniform infringements: Inappropriate personal care Using technology for personal use in class Disruption to learning caused by erratic attendance Section 3: social interactions Dominant behaviour Stealing Lying and blaming others Cheating Trying to buy friendship Everyone is against me Personal hygiene Keeping up an image Groups who challenge Section 4: coping with conflict Verbal rudeness to staff Non-verbal disrespect Ignoring requests / walking away Fighting Bringing weapons to school Bullying and intimidation Cyber-bullying
Derogatory name-calling Section 5: emotional distress Outbursts of anger Unprovoked aggression Frequent episodes of distress / crying Destructive behaviour (own work) Destructive behaviour (other people's work and possessions) High levels of anxiety Depression Negativity Section 6: behaviours of special concern Obsessive or ritualistic behaviour Eating difficulties Sexually explicit behaviour Self-harm - cutting Considering suicide Unsafe risk taking Blurring of boundaries between fantasy and reality Resources - and further reading / viewing References

About the Author

Sue Roffey has been a teacher, educational psychologist and an academic. She is now an Honorary Associate Professor at Exeter University, UK, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is also Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide.


"A truly empowering book that enables the reader to understand and respond appropriately to a wide range of issues that can prove problematic in a school setting. With suggested strategies for managing issues as diverse as procrastination, perfectionism, pushing, poking and personal hygiene; I've no doubt this book will boost both teacher confidence and pupil outcomes." Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Author and Educator and Vice Chair, Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition, UK.

"An excellent book providing the recipes you need to become a happy, healthy and effective teacher, this solution-focused read is full of theory and most importantly, practical considerations to take into the classroom. Sue provides an insight into the world of education which draws on her considerable experience - a must-read for teachers at any stage of their career!" Martyn Reah, Deputy Head Teacher, Eggar's School, London, UK and initiator of #Teacher5aday and PedagooHampshire.

"Dr Roffey brings all of her considerable experience to these practical and powerful toolkits for classroom teachers. Her practical experience as a classroom teacher of students with special education needs, and subsequent work as an education psychologist and socio-emotional learning program developer and trainer enables her to produce resources that speak directly to the challenges faced by classroom teachers."

Denise Quinlan, Positive Psychology News

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