18th November 2019
- A new Kindle version of The Quick Guide to Classroom Management is now available to download. It’s much crisper than the old version and looks beautiful!
- The Power of Praise: Empowering Students Through Positive Feedback has now been proofread, formatted and indexed and is really shaping-up to be a must-have manual for teachers everywhere. I’m now working on the cover of the book. Publication date: end of November 2019.
The Fundamentals of Classroom Management: An online course designed by Richard James Rogers in Partnership with UKEd Academy
I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been busy building an online course that covers all of the fundamental concepts in my widely acclaimed debut book: The Quick Guide to Classroom Management, in partnership with my good friends at UKEd Academy. Details are given below:
Course link: https://uked.academy/product/cmf/
Price: £30.00 (which includes a copy of my book) or £20.00 if you’ve already got a copy of my book (you’ll have to enter a discount code found within the book)
Launch date: October 21st 2019 (but you can start the course at anytime)
End of course certificate? – Yes, endorsed by UKEd Academy and Richard James Rogers
Course structure: Videos, quizzes, study notes, reflections and activities
Course schedule: Flexible (work at your own pace)
After successful completion of this course you’ll earn a certificate that will look very impressive on your C.V. and you will gain lots of knowledge, new techniques, tools and skills.
I look forward to mentoring and guiding you through the key concepts that make an excellent teacher, well, excellent!
If you have any questions at all about this exciting course, then please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
10th October 2019
Readers’ Favorite: Another 5 Star Editorial Review for Richard’s Book!
I was very happy to receive another 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite: This time for the Kindle edition of the Power of Praise:
The Power of Praise: Empowering Students through Positive Feedback (Rogers Pedagogical Book 2) by Richard James Rogers is a book for educators and any professional involved in the life of students. The author offers a strategy to coax students to success using the art of praise. In this book, the author explores the philosophy of praise and shows the influence it has on students (and it is not just about students), defining what praise actually means and why it becomes an effective tool to bring out the best potential in students and lead them to desired results. He explains the mechanics of praise, showing how it can be effectively used, and defining ways to ensure it is efficiently used. From the very start of the book, the author offers a compelling premise: We all want to be validated. He comments: “It’s the reason why we wear posh designer labels; why we brag about our new car or house on social media and why we beautify images of ourselves using various apps on our smartphones.”
The Power of Praise is very succinct, containing the essential things that readers need to know, and as one reads through these pages, one immediately understands that the philosophy of praise isn’t one that only works for students. In fact, it can be used effectively in parenting and in other forms of human relationships. Richard James Rogers writes well and is the kind of writer who doesn’t waste words. He hits straight to the point and engages readers in a conversation that features concrete examples from real life, personal experiences, and insightful thoughts. This is a very inspiring and informative book that proposes a powerful strategy to take students from where they are to where they are expected to be. Simply brilliant!
Power of Praise: Paperback Version Coming Soon!
I’m currently working on the paperback version of The Power of Praise (which is already on Kindle here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WJXG4XJ). The next steps then will be:
- Professional proofreading
- Formatting and indexing
- Back cover and spine
It’s all going to be worth it!
Readers’ Favorite: 5 Star Editorial Review for Richard’s Book!
I was absolutely thrilled, and pleasantly surprised, to receive an excellent 5 star review for The Quick Guide from Mamta Madhavan: a professional reviewer at Readers’ Favorite.
You can read the full review here.
Mamta describes the book as follows:
“The Quick Guide to Classroom Management: 45 Secrets That All High School Teachers Need to Know by Richard James Rogers is a simple and insightful manual that gives interesting and useful tips on how to create a good working relationship with students and to bring out the best in them. It is important for teachers to effectively deal with the dynamic interplay of many factors in a student’s life so they have effective classroom management. This book gives good suggestions and techniques and how to apply them so that it is easy to deal with students. This guide will teach readers how to find their own methodology in dealing with students. Teachers require certain habits to create changes and improvement to become outstanding teachers and this book is a great help.”
Richard’s next book has been launched!
The Power of Praise – only $3.99
Book is already available to purchase here
From Richard James Rogers: bestselling author of ‘The Quick Guide to Classroom Management’ comes this groundbreaking text on The Power of Praise in the context of teaching.
Getting a handle on how to give sincere praise on a regular basis, and giving it regularly to the same students (i.e. all of our students), is a skill that the very best practitioners have mastered.
Praise is not the cute fluff-ball it appears to be, however. It is complex, dynamic and works effectively through a variety of methods. This book teaches you those methods.
An Excellent Meetup on Marking and Assessment Strategies: 8th August
I was honored to host another successful Meetup at the Starbucks Community Room, Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 on Thursday. In this session, we discussed ways in which we could apply the following techniques to our teaching practice:
- Diffusive Live Marking
- Absorptive Live Marking
- Peer and Self Assessment
- Automated assessment techniques (such as using Class Dojo)
- The use of rubrics in the process of Self and Peer Assessment
I’ve written a number of blog posts about Marking and Assessment techniques which teachers can access below:
- Five Efficient Marking and Assessment Strategies
- The ‘Four Pillars’ of Time-Saving Marking
- 4 Time-Saving Marking Strategies for PGCE Students and NQTs
You may also wish to watch this video on ‘live marking’ which I created:
I will be offering this session again in two weeks time. Click on the image below to sign up:
Using ICT in Teaching
Thursday 1st August 2019 at Central Plaza Grand Rama 9, Starbucks Community Room (Bangkok, Thailand)
This was another great meetup in which we explored practical, fun and free ways to use excellent ICT systems to enhance our students’ learning.
The systems we tested were:
- Nearpod: An amazing interactive slideshow system (kids can draw pictures, vote in polls and even answer MCQ quizzes on their smartphones and mobile devices)
- Google Suite: Including Google Docs and Google Slides – great for collaborative project work
- Class Dojo: An excellent pupil tracking and monitoring system. Allows you to create classes, award points, set homework and collect portfolios of work.
- Kahoot!: The classic MCQ quiz system that is unrivaled. Play in classic mode, team mode or even set kahoot! quizzes as homework (with auto-generated attainment reports that break down achievement on a question-by-question basis).
- Scratch: A complex system (you’ll have to do some reading up) that allows kids to create their own computer games, simulations and animations using blocks of code.
- Brilliant: Banks of puzzles and notes for maths, science and computer studies (Thank you, Sonali, for sharing that with us!).
Building Rapport: Professional Intelligence and Subtle Reinforcement
Thursday 25th July 2019 at Central Plaza Grand Rama 9, Starbucks Community Room (Bangkok, Thailand)
I was honored to host another successful meetup today with colleagues in Bangkok. This week our theme was Subtle Reinforcement and Professional Intelligence. We had a lot of fun and we shared ideas on how to use games like Kahoot! and Mystery Picture in our lessons.
Thank you to everyone for coming out in the pouring rain.
You may also like to watch this video about subtle reinforcement:
Easy to use Learning Games, Thursday July 18th (Bangkok, Thailand)
Starbucks conference room, Central Rama 9 (Banking Zone), 6.30pm
This was the first Meetup of its kind in Bangkok and it was a resounding success. Taking over the Starbucks Community Room in Central Rama 9 on Thursday, I and a cozy team of 4 teachers re-inacted and demonstrated many of the learning games in my book – all of which require little-to-no preparation time (see my blog posts here and here).
We played ‘Vocabulary Musical Chairs’, stuck post-it notes on our heads in the game ‘Who am I?’, eliminated each other in the game ‘Corners’ and even had some fun creating interesting phrase about animals in the game ‘Memory Mind Bender’.
It was tremendous fun and it was great to meet new friends and share ideas with one-another.
I’m leading free CPD sessions like this every Thursday at Starbucks, Central Rama 9 (upstairs in the banking zone), every Thursday at 18.30. Any teachers based in Bangkok, or visiting Bangkok, are very welcome to attend. To join our group you can sign up at Meetup.com