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Essential Education Books for Inclusive Teachers: Behaviour.

Books for Teachers on Pupil Behaviour

These books on pupil behaviour are only those I have read and can recommend – I have a pile of others that I have yet to read. We have collated a bigger list of key special education books. They all follow an inclusive and positive support ethos. They all also focus on the only part of behaviour support we can control – ourselves. If your school has a zero-tolerance behaviour policy read these and make it your mission to get that policy rewritten.

5 Books On Behaviour Support for Teachers

Practical Behaviour Management for Primary School Teachers – Tracey Lawrence

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Why this book?

Because Tracey is an engaging writer who will not just bombard you with Jargon and claim to have a magic wand to solve your issues but provide guidance on your journey. She is also an approachable and engaged tweeter responsible for the #behaviourchat weekly Twitter chat (which she has graciously let me host at times).

Essential Part

The case studies linked to practical ideas are especially useful (oh and the bit where she recommends this site)

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When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour – Paul Dix

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Why should I buy it?

The book that almost made me shut down this site, I didn’t post for months in fear of just repeating what I read in Paul Dix’s book. I didn’t find anything I disagreed with in this book – and believe me, I tried. From School leaders to teachers there is a lesson in behaviour support for everyone.

Essential part.

Greet each child at the door – just do it ok!!

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10 Rules for Ensuring People with Learning Disabilities and Those Who are on the Autism Spectrum Develop ‘Challenging Behaviour’: …And Maybe What to Do About it – Damian Milton/Richard Mills 

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Why is this worth investing in?

See also  SEN Teacher: Proving The Value of Learning

No you didn’t read the title wrong.

When the son of a passionate #actuallyautistic expert academic and Autism Activist attends your school you better step up. This is the single most accessible little book I have read on the subject of challenging behaviour. It seeks to change only one thing – Your point of view.

Essential Part

Rules 1-10

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The Reason I Jump: one boy’s voice from the silence of autism – Noaki Higashida

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Why should I read this instead of a netflix binge?

It shows the importance of working tirelessly to provide the children you work with with a voice. It shows why you should never underestimate a child’s capacity to communicate. There is some controversy about the use of facilitated communication with autistic people, however, the contents really resonated with my teaching experience. Why is this in a behaviour post – because you cannot separate behaviour and communication. It can be read in 2/3 hours and then passed on!

Essential part.

All the bits I summarised in this post about what I learned from The Reason I Jump.

Buy it here.

4 More Books about Challenging Behaviour.

How to Support Pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition in Primary School – Lynn McCann – Buy Here

Don’t Send Him in Tomorrow: Shining a light on the marginalised, disenfranchised and forgotten children of today’s schools – Jarlath O’Brien – Buy Here.

Inclusion for Primary School Teachers – Nancy Gedge – Buy Here

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – Cheryl Drabble – Buy here.

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