Positive Psychology for Teachers

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Routledge, Oct 12, 2012 - Education - 184 pages
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Practical, actionable information about the positive, behavioural approach to education is in desperately short supply, and yet when implemented properly the impact on school behaviour and achievement can be enormous.

Positive Psychology for Teachers aims to address this gap. Written by experienced practitioners, it gives teachers simple and direct advice on how they can use the positive behavioural approach for the benefit of their pupils and schools.

Based on the authors’ own experiences of intervention in school settings and evidence of its effectiveness, this practical guide includes a number of vignettes and case studies illustrating how the behavioural approach has been used by teachers in a wide variety of classrooms to make their teaching more effective. Each case study will be followed by a number of suggested practical activities for classroom implementation. Throughout the book, background theory is explained in a concise and easily digestible manner and activities are clearly explained with benefits and end goals clearly signposted.

Areas covered include:-

    • Whole school interventions, turning around under-performance
    • Reducing disruptive behaviour in the classroom
    • Improving creative writing and increasing reading attainment
    • Improving pupils’ self concepts
    • SEN interventions including autism, children with challenging behaviour and those classified as having social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
    • The difference between teachers’ treatment of boys and of girls
    • Strategies for turning around the behaviour of very difficult pupils

This practical user-friendly text is aimed directly at trainee and practising teachers but would also be very relevant to those working with trainee teachers in university departments and to educational psychologists.


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1 Emergence of the positive approach
2 Teacher feedback and pupil behaviour
four essential steps
4 Working with particular groups of pupils
5 The whole school
6 Pupil learning
7 Pupil wellbeing
8 Principles of the positive approach
9 A research basis
10 Critical comments and conclusions

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About the author (2012)

Jeremy Swinson is Principal Educational Psychologist for the Witherslack Group of Schools.

Alex Harrop is Emeritus Professor in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

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