‘The things I say make sense in the reality of a classroom’

The bestselling author of more than 25 books for teachers, Sue Cowley tells Helen Ward about her past as a school refuser, swapping dancing for teacher training and why her life has never taken a single track

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Sue Cowley does not assume the teachers who attend her talks are going to behave.

“An Inset for 150 student teachers can be a lot harder than taking a class of 30 kids,” Cowley, the best-selling author of Getting the Buggers to Behave, explains.

“I treat them like I would the kids: there is the rule of one voice talking at any time, there are rewards – I have a raffle – jokes, volunteers. It’s interactive. I involve them in the experience of learning.”

The talks demonstrate one of the teacher-turned-trainer’s key messages on behaviour – that engagement helps.

Saying that lessons need to be ...

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