When The Adults Change, Everything Changes

Author: Paul Dix

Reasons to read:

  • I would recommend this to anyone who works with young people.
  • It clearly outlines simple practices to help understand and manage challenging behaviour.
  • The book includes simple ‘fixes’ which are relatable to many classroom and social time scenarios.

Key notes:

  • Five pillars of successful practice:
  1. Consistent, calm adult behaviour
  2. First attention for best conduct
  3. Relentless routines
  4. Scripting difficult interventions
  5. Restorative follow-up
  • School rules can be extensive and confusing. It can be very effective to reduce them to three simple rules. Ready, respectful, safe (RRS).
  • RRS can be successfully implemented in 30 days with letters home to parents as well as pupils being told how RRS applies in different lessons and settings.
  • If you are not in a position to make whole-school behaviour system changes, then it is possible to make significant changes to the way your classroom / lab is managed. With careful management, pupils will accept ‘your way’ in ‘your room’.

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