Paul was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at length to the world’s leading authority on behaviour management, Dr. Bill Rogers. They sat down for afternoon tea together and this is the first part of their conversation.
Bill Rogers is an education consultant. A teacher by profession, Bill now lectures widely on discipline and behaviour management issues; classroom management; stress and teaching; colleague support; developing peer-support programs for teachers and developing community-oriented policies for behaviour management, based on whole-school approaches.
He works in every area of education (primary, post-primary and tertiary) conducting in-service programs/seminars for teachers and support staff, lecturing widely at Colleges of Education, Universities and schools, working with parent groups and students in schools.
[When I was at school…] the punishment was there to actually manage you – you weren’t being encouraged to manage your behaviour in relationship to others, you were controlled by the teacher.
Our motto – ‘How are we creating a safe, sane place and a secure place? ‘
…I am deeply concerned about this notion of going back to a model of teaching where you are just directing information to children and not creating a community of learners – a community of learning
You can still be calm when you are assertive – it’s not easy but it’s possible
Maladaptive behaviour is not just bad behaviour, it’s purposeful for the child
Maybe 5, 8, 10% [of children] are much more power-seeking in their attentional behaviours