The Insider's Guide to Early Professional Development: Succeed in Your First Five Years as a Teacher

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Handling tricky situations
Choosing the appropriate behaviour
Managing pupil behaviour
Violent parents
Covering other teachers' lessons
Criticisms following observations
Bullying at work
False allegations

Choosing the appropriate behaviour
Tricky situations are a fact of life. I hope you'll have been shielded from the worst in your training and induction years but as you get more experienced you are expected to handle things alone - and well. Assertiveness training is well worth considering - even if you just read a book on it.There are four behaviour choices that you have in dealing with difficult situations.You can be:
aggressive - behaviour that makes the other person angry, resentful, hurt or demoralised
passive - backing down, withdrawing
manipulative - hints, flattery, etc.
assertive.

Of all these, assertiveness is usually the most helpful. It's the direct and honest expression of feelings, needs and opinions that calls for self-respect and respect for others. When you're assertive people know

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