In Running the Room, published in August 2020, Tom Bennett rewrote the book on behaviour management, and outlined the psychology and dynamics underpinning student habits. In this companion, he goes into more detail about how to apply those principles in the classroom. Addressing a wide range of circumstances, he explores popular teacher dilemmas such as:
• How to deal with students who are late?
• What are the best ways to work with parents?
• Managing cover lessons successfully
• How to tame smartphones
• The best way to design a seating plan
• How to start the lesson for the first time
• Dealing with low-level disruption
• Getting the class quiet when you – and they – need it the most
And many more. Using practical examples and evidence-informed techniques, Tom demystifies the puzzles that complex behaviour often presents, and guides teachers new and old carefully to a better understanding of how to run the room they way everyone deserves.
About the Author
Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education and campaigns for better evidence awareness worldwide.
In 2015 he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’, advising on behaviour policy, as well as chairing the Mental Health in Schools panel. In 2015 he was longlisted as one of the world’s top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. He is also the Director of Tom Bennett Training, which works exclusively with the most disadvantaged students and schools in England, helping them to turn around.