Work avoidance techniques

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We all have many examples of behaviour in class which could amount to annoying, disruptive, argumentative, bloody-mindedness performances, but what does it mean?

If you've read the classroom management books, watched the videos, taken the step by step approach, I'm sure most of the ideas you've collected will work with many of your students who display low level disruption.

But there’s just one thing that you need to hang onto – along with your sanity - if you want to stay in education without burning out early.

So much of the conduct is about avoiding work.  When you look at it this way, it becomes much easier not to take it personally (even though it feels like it sometimes), and therefore deal with it more effectively.

I asked colleagues on Twitter, Facebook, via email and in real life (yes, really) to let me what stories they could tell about work avoidance techniques.

To get this straight,...