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When the Adults Change, Everything Changes

Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour
By: Paul Dix
Narrated by: Paul Dix
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

In this abridged audiobook version of his best-selling title, Paul Dix talks you through the book’s hugely influential behavior management approach - an approach whereby expectations and boundaries are exemplified by people, not by a thousand rules that nobody can recall. The testing, watch out for and nuggets sections have been removed for this audiobook, but the indispensable advice on how to involve all staff in developing a whole school ethos built on kindness, empathy, and understanding remains. Suitable for teachers and school leaders - in any setting - who are looking to upgrade their approach to school behavior.

Contents include: 

  1. Visible consistency, visible kindness 
  2. The counterintuitive classroom 
  3. Deliberate botheredness 
  4. Certainty in adult behaviour 
  5. Keystone classroom routines 
  6. Universal microscripts: flipping the script 
  7. Punishment addiction, humiliation hangover 
  8. Restore, redraw, repair 
  9. Some children follow rules, some follow people 
  10. Your behaviour policy sucks! 
  11. The 30 day magic
©2017 Paul Dix (P)2019 Paul Dix

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I want my time and money back.

Filled with jargon and lengthy diatribes detailing the harm teachers are doing to children mitigated by nuggets of practical advice such as, "Be quietly inspirational every day."

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Absolutely inspirational

fantastic! these strategies should be adopted in every school. Highly recommended read. I've listened from start to finish in one sitting and have the paper book on order to keep in school. This book is going to be my bible!

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Excellent ideas and good advice to improve teaching

This book helps teachers to look honestly at their practice and to identify areas of their behaviour which impact most on pupil behaviour and learning.

I have now read this text over three times in print and the audible version helps further cement the practical approaches I can take to improve my teaching with calmness and a patient, holistic, whole-child perspective.

It is a refreshing and accessible text, based on practical experience and with helpful, apposite anecdotes. Paul Dix been a helpful and influential voice in helping to refine my classroom practice.

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A good listen

I wish the sound on this audio book was abit more clearer, I prefer the HD type recordings.

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The best advocacy of Positive Behavioir Management

Great book on positive behaviour management. It sometimes paints too too rosie picture but the content is well worth considering carefully.

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Excellent read by Paul Dix.

Loved it. It was read by the author, which meant it was portrayed the way it was intended.

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essential piece of kit!!

Outstanding. all schools should adopt this method. Wonderful advice. Thank you for inspiring teachers to change.

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Anecdotes, not evidence based

I am a parent trying to improve my son's bad behaviour in school (he is well behaved at home, appalling at school). The head teacher recommend this book, and I'm keen to be consistent with the school.
This reads like a long winded self help book full of probably fictitious anecdotes. There are no references to clinical studies. That doesn't mean this advice is not good, but it must be considered with skepticism.
There are a few silly generalisations, such as all bad behaviour stems from drunk, abusive parents living in council estates. There is also some advice which sounded like it could be true and I will be discussing with the school.

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Really Recommend it

As a teacher, who struggling with behaviour, this has given me a plan and made me very optimistic.

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So obvious, but I suspect too scary to impliment

The argument and philosophy in this book are brilliant, obvious and really unlikely to be implemented in most schools because it takes monumental belief and courage to fly in the face of societal norms.The world would be such a better place if it was adopted and I would jump at the chance of working in a school where restoritive practice is fully embraced.

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  • Ricardo
  • 14-08-19

Good book

Nice ideas, not sure how easy it is to put them into practice though. It is still worth.