Bill Rogers: 10 Key Ideas on Behaviour Management

As it’s getting into silly season where short sleeves and daft behaviour are out in force, I thought it would be a good idea to have a particular focus on behaviour in some of this week’s post.  Quite why it’s more difficult to control pupils in the summer, I’ll never know but hopefully I can share some good advice and practical strategies with you over the next few days which will help to keep the pupils in check and save your sanity!


Today I’m going to share with you some advice from none other than Dr Bill Rogers.  Dr Rogers is something of an education Superhero and when it comes to behaviour there are few higher authorities.


We’re excited to be running a full day national conference where Dr Rogers will be sharing a whole day of his valuable advice in July – I asked him for a sneak preview, a few top tips on behaviour for teachers – and this is what he came up with:


10 key ideas from Dr Bill Rogers

The words you use are as powerful as the message you are trying to convey – do you always know what to say when under stress?

Describing exactly what students are doing is often more effective than telling them not to do something.

Giving students an option when dealing with items they should not have in class (such as mobile phones, hairbrushes) is less intrusive and more effective than confiscation

Establishing a class at the beginning of a school year is critical to successful behaviour management

Teaching style can have as much an impact on behaviour management than any range of sanctions and rewards

Following up and following-through with students, especially those who present with on-going ‘behaviour problems’, can be crucial factors in successful management

Do you know how to tactically ignore student frustration in behaviour management situations in order to maintain a disciplined classroom?

Think about teacher behaviour as it affects student behaviour – it’s essential to understanding this

Building bridges in order to keep a relationship with students is as important as dealing with troublesome behaviour

Targeting specific “power brokers” and students who act as ring-leaders in “hard classes” can be a very effective strategy in behaviour management


There are still a few places remaining at our one day conference with Bill Rogers which is running in Birmingham on 8th July 2011.  Please visit the website, call the office on 0800 881 8185 or tweet @creativeedu for more information.


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