'Whole-Brain' Behaviour Management in the Classroom
Every Piece of the Puzzle
Routledge – 2008 – 232 pages
Representing a brave and insightful shift away from narrow perspectives on behaviour management, this book draws practitioners towards a more holistic understanding of ourselves and how we impact on children’s learning and behaviour.
The authors’ brilliant new conceptual model of ‘whole-brain’ behaviour management challenges existing theories about the management of children’s behavioural issues. Their pioneering ‘whole-brain’ approach draws upon a range of influences and concepts that cross discipline boundaries, expanding on the practitioner’s understanding of the complexity of children’s behaviour through their own knowledge of neuroscience, biopsychosocial theory and interpersonal awareness. The book will take the reader through a process of self-evaluation in which their preferred ways of thinking, acting and relating will be explored and interpreted in order to help them understand the impact of their ‘personal style’ on how the children in their care behave.
Offering new insights and creative solutions, this is a practical guide to coach practitioners in their personal and professional development, helping them to raise the achievement of children exhibiting even the most challenging of behaviour.
"Up to date, broad and insightful. A comprehensive look at the ingredients that can help to make a teacher succussful when faced with challenging behaviour…This book is my first recommendation when asked by teachers for a useful read on behaviour management." - Stuart Coupe, Behaviour Support Advisory Teacher, UK
"This text is one that every individual interested in classroom management should have in their library. Presenting a new, insightful and brilliant conceptual model of whole brain behavior management, Derrington (Univ. of Northampton, UK) and Goddard (headteacher, Ramridge) provide the reader with practical applications of the whole brain approach…A must read for those who care for children at any age or level." -- G.L. Willhite, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse'This accessible book explores succinctly the psychology of the approach and uses a handy questionnaire to identify the reader's strenghths…A further attractive feature of this book is its practical nature, using case histories to illustrate the competencies…This is a welcome addition to the current debate about behaviour management in schools. It is practical, accessible and rooted in experience. It should become a welcome addition to any teacher or behaviour consultant's bookshelf.' - Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties Vol 14: No. 2 June 2009 ( the journal of SEBDA).
Part 1: Blue Sky Thinking 1. Laying the Pieces Out: Why a Whole Brain Approach? 2. Sorting and Grouping: Theoretical Influences 3. Identifying the Boundaries: Recognising Your CAB Profile 4. Seeing the Picture: Introducing the Competency Wheel Part 2: Examining the Pieces 5. Grouping the Yellow: Psychological Application 6. Grouping the Blue: Professional and Specialist Knowledge 7. Grouping the Grey: Organisation 8. Grouping the Green: Communication 9. Grouping the Lilac: Emotional Literacy 10. Grouping the Pink: Self-Efficacy Part 3: Solving the Puzzle 11. The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts 12. Applying the Model to Practice
Chris Derrington was previously the head of a school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and is currently a lecturer specialising in behaviour management at the University of Northampton.
Hilary Goddard is in her third headship.