This book is about you: you in your new role, you as a complex person with strengths and needs - just like your students. It is about the way you think of yourself as well as the children and young people you teach and how you build the relationships you need to have. You have exactly the same issues as your pupils in many ways - pressure to `perform', issues of control, how to get the maximum amount of satisfaction out of your days, and how to make experiences meaningful and worthwhile.
This book has been written so that as a new teacher, you might have the best possible chance of being motivated to stay in education, fully involved and passionate about the difference you can make for your pupils and their future. Here you will find suggestions about ways of being in school that enable you to enjoy the interaction both with the students you teach and also with the colleagues who support you.
* getting and maintaining credibility in your new role
* putting respect into operation
* developing student self-awareness and self-control
* being aware of and promoting a positive emotional climate in your classroom
* dealing with conflict and confrontation in ways which do not undermine your sense of self and purpose
* seeing difficulties as part of the challenge, not the reason to fear coming through the school gates.
Sue Roffey is an educational psychologist, consultant, writer and academic specialising in social, emotional and behavioural issues. She is currently Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and Honorary Lecturer at University College, London.
Previously a teacher and educational psychologist, Sue Roffey is currently adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney and Honorary Lecturer at University College London. She is a prolific author, international educational consultant and speaker on issues related to pro-social behaviour, belonging, resilience and positive relationships within education. She is the founder and director of Wellbeing Australia (www.wellbeingaustralia.com.au/wba) and now lives between Sydney and London. Sue can be contacted through www.sueroffey.com and www.circlesolutionsnetwork.com/csn.
Introduction You as a Teacher You and Your Resources You and Your Class You and Your School You and the Community You and Your Biggest Challenges Thinking about Students with Challenging Behaviour The Learning and Behaviour Connection Taking Action Following through Your Own Survival Summary and Useful Resources