Developed in conjunction with teachers, The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook provides highly effective, practical strategies for responding to and resolving behavioural issues in secondary schools.
Consisting of over fifty ‘recipes’, the book’s unique format enables teachers and practitioners to quickly and easily access information and advice on dealing with specific behaviours. Each ‘recipe’ details strategies and interventions for immediate application in the classroom setting, considers possible causes of the given behaviour, and offers helpful approaches for responding to young people’s needs in the longer term. From disorganization and lateness, to attention-seeking and destructive behaviours, bullying, anxiety and depression, the book’s sections cover a broad spectrum of behaviours falling within six broad categories:
- Getting Things Done: supporting positive student engagement and achievement
- Dealing with Disruption: increasing motivation and skills to facilitate learning
- Social Interactions: resolving problematic situations that occur between pupils.
- Coping with Conflict: addressing conflict in and out of the classroom, including aspects of bullying and discrimination
- Emotional Distress: understanding distress and developing coping strategies
- Behaviours of Special Concern: recognising behaviours associated with autism, trauma, abuse or poor mental wellbeing.
Underpinned by positive psychology, and emphasising the importance of constructive relationships, communication, inclusion, wellbeing and resilience, this is an indispensable resource for secondary school teachers and educators, behaviour support consultants, SENDCOs and educational psychologists.
Table of Contents
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
Section 1: getting things done
Lateness to school / lessons
Distracted by others
Starting but not finishing set work
Refusal to do differentiated work
Section 2: dealing with disruption
A noisy classroom
Pushing and poking others
Fidgeting, humming and other noises
Inappropriate personal care
Using technology for personal use in class
Disruption to learning caused by erratic attendance
Section 3: social interactions
Lying and blaming others
Trying to buy friendship
Everyone is against me
Keeping up an image
Groups who challenge
Section 4: coping with conflict
Verbal rudeness to staff
Ignoring requests / walking away
Bringing weapons to school
Bullying and intimidation
Section 5: emotional distress
Outbursts of anger
Frequent episodes of distress / crying
Destructive behaviour (own work)
Destructive behaviour (other people’s work and possessions)
High levels of anxiety
Section 6: behaviours of special concern
Obsessive or ritualistic behaviour
Sexually explicit behaviour
Self-harm - cutting
Unsafe risk taking
Blurring of boundaries between fantasy and reality
Resources - and further reading / viewing
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