The effective management of pupils' behaviour has long been a principle concern, not only for classroom teachers, but for all involved with the management of schools. Finding ways of motivating students, preventing disruption, whilst developing positive relationships, can be difficult to implement. This author argues that a multilevel approach is the key to coping with the diverse pressures of teaching and managing behaviour. This approach recognises the importance of management on individual as well as whole school levels, and not just in terms of teacher-student relationships. This text discusses a range of topics in detail, including teachers' personal development, whole-school level management and effective strategies to anticipate and eliminate minor disruption, classroom-level management which sets out effective routines designed to promote learning and minimise disruption and individual assessment and intervention with students who have emotional or behavioural problems. Each chapter includes activities and questions to encourage the reader to evaluate and reflect on their own practice.
Roland Chaplain is Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Education at Homerton College, Cambridge.