This concise book focuses on classroom management basics, including student behavior, organizing classroom space, effective use of resources, and establishing a presence in the classroom.

Prevention and Cure

Prevention and cure

I've told him, he needs to be firmer in the afternoons because they're more difficult. He's a trainee teacher who hasn't quite grasped that yet, so they mess about a bit. Then he gets angry, which is a big mistake.

(Supervising teacher-mentor, Year 5)

What Does it Mean to Be Firm but Fair?

You may wonder why experienced teachers can seem rather hard on their students yet still retain a sense of humour and positivity. They know that if they deal with small problems early they will have fewer serious difficulties later on. As soon as you possibly can, develop a teaching style where you are active rather than passive, determined and quietly insistent rather than patiently tolerant of poor behaviour. When trainees ...

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