Managing the Difficult Class with Bill Rogers

18 September, 2012

Join the world’s foremost behaviour expert Dr Bill Rogers in the following exclusive video clip, for Managing the Difficult Class.





Do you ever struggle to manage the daily challenges that come with every class: Kids calling out, fiddling or playing with mobile phones and Ipods? Dr Bill Rogers will provide you with advice regarding how to handle these challenges in an effective and assertive manner, in order to have the most impact.

The practical steps are as follow:

  • Firmly remind the class of the school rules. For example, we do not have Ipods on in class.
  • Ask the child how their work is going to assess whether they understand

  • Give the child a directive choice. Such as, I want you to put your Ipod into your bag or leave it on the teacher’s desk until break time.

Most importantly, remember you are the teacher. Do not walk up to the child and ask them for the object, “give me your Ipod.” Instead go to the child and talk about the work, “how is your work going.” Do not move away from the primary issue and onto secondary issues. For example, if the child tries to discuss how they are capable of working with their Ipod still on. Tactically ignore the secondary residuality, for example the child saying that other teachers will let them listen to music.

Dr Bill Rogers will be carrying out an exclusive UK tour with Osiris Educational. Two exclusive training courses from the world renowned behaviour expert.


0 thoughts on “Managing the Difficult Class with Bill Rogers

  • Excellent – clear, concise and a nice example of how to manage possible conflict situations. I would add also avoiding ‘escalation’, a common tactic in these situations where the student is willing to go much further than the teacher in maintaining the conflict. Often this strategy has worked for the student and it is their only strategy once they engage in such a course of action. It so easily becomes a ‘you or me’ in terms of backing down, a no win situation for the teacher. Worth linking this strategy with the needs of the learner too and how they are being met, a sense of belonging – knowing their name for example. William Glasser lists four needs: belonging , power, freedom and fun. If we accept the work provided an element of fun then I suggest this dialogue shows the other 3 being clearly met. A ‘win win’ situation!

  • Thankyou Kevin. I will add this tactic into the post. It is a common last resort for the pupil to carry on the conflict. Thankyou for your insight. Please keep posted for more videos next week

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