Bill Rogers is all too aware that managing behaviour is a daily struggle for many teachers; he remembers the challenges well from when he was a teacher himself.
These days, Rogers works as an education consultant who specialises in discipline and behaviour-management issues, lecturing widely and coaching teachers about how they can get better at managing behaviour.
His strategies centre on the use of language cues to influence behaviour and the need to take a measured, collaborative approach to working with challenging students.
According to Rogers, the first few sessions with a new class are crucial for setting the right tone, as are the first few minutes of any lesson. If you can get off on the right foot from the moment that your students walk through the door, he suggests, you can improve your chances of staying on top of behaviour throughout the lesson.
In a mini video workshop filmed at the TES offices, Rogers offers advice about how to use verbal cues to settle a class when they first enter your classroom. He also explains why teachers need to support one another to create a whole-school atmosphere that genuinely works for both students and staff.
Watch Bill Rogers' behaviour-management video workshop
The fourth edition of Bill Rogers' bestselling book Classroom Behaviour was released in 2015. His first UK DVD programme, Cracking the Challenging Class is also now available