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Good behaviour is the beginning of great learning. All children deserve classrooms that are calm, safe spaces where everyone is treated with dignity.
Creating that space is one of the most important things a teacher needs to be able to do. But all too often teachers begin their careers with the bare minimum of training - or worse, none.
How students behave, socially and academically, dictates whether or not they will succeed or struggle in school. Every child comes to the classroom with different skills, habits, values and expectations of what to do. There's no point just telling a child to behave; behaviour must be taught.
Behaviour is a curriculum. This simple truth is the beginning of creating a classroom culture where everyone flourishes: pupils and staff.
Running the Room is the teacher's guide to behaviour. Practical, evidence-informed, and based on the expertise of great teachers from around the world, it addresses the things teachers really need to know to build the classrooms children need.
Bursting with strategies, tips and solid advice, it brings together the best of what we know and saves teachers, new or old, from reinventing the wheels of the classroom. It's the book teachers have been waiting for.
About the Author
Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education and campaigns for better evidence awareness worldwide. It now holds events in six continents and thirteen countries, attracting thousands of followers and generating discussion and change in schools throughout the world.
In 2015 he became the UK government's school 'Behaviour Czar', advising on behaviour policy, as well as chairing the Mental Health in Schools panel.
He has written four books about teacher training, and in 2015 he was longlisted as one of the world's top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. In the same year, he made The Huffington Post's 'Top Ten Global Bloggers' list.
He is also the Director of Tom Bennett Training, which works exclusively with the most disadvantaged students and schools in England, helping them to turn around.
His online resources have been viewed over 1,200,000 times, and he is a Teacher-Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge.
‘Running the room is a unique book. It’s a rare combination of erudition and anecdote, gravity and wit, failures and triumphs, self-deprecation and swank, trials & tribulations and optimism. In a style that often made me think of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Tom shows us how running the room is the teacher’s ultimate act of love and dedication to education and their students.’ — Paul A. Kirschner, Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology & Guest Professor Thomas More University of Applied Science, @P_A_Kirschner
‘This is classic Tom Bennett - funny, practical and wise insights into classroom management.’ — Daisy Christodoulou
‘In some areas of education, there is lots of high-quality research evidence about the “best bets” for improving one’s practice. For these areas, my advice is simple: read the research, and figure out what this might mean for your own practice. In other areas, like behaviour management, where the research evidence is thin, weak, or contradictory, my advice is different, but equally simple. Find people who know what they are talking about, and listen to what they have to say. Like Tom Bennett.
In “Running the room”, Tom condenses all he has learned about managing student behaviour—from his experiences as an inner-city school teacher, by observing hundreds (thousands?) of classrooms, and by carefully researching what good research there is—into a wonderfully accessible, practical—and, yes, funny—guide to classroom management. This book is the best guide I have ever read on getting good behaviour in classrooms. It should be required reading for those training to teach but experienced teachers will also find a lot here to reflect on, and to use. Highly recommended.’ — Dylan Wiliam
|No of pages||374|
|Publication Date||28 Aug 2020|