NLP for Teachers

How to be a highly effective teacher

By: Roger Terry , Richard Churches


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Size: 297mm x 210mm
Pages : 240
ISBN : 9781845900632
Format: Paperback
Published: November 2007

NLP for Teachers covers a wide range of practical tools that will enhance your interpersonal effectiveness and classroom delivery.

  • Find out how language and your internal processing affects the behaviour of others around you
  • Learn some amazing tools and techniques
  • Learn to communicate in ways you never thought possible both inside and outside the classroom
  • Take your communication skills to the next level

Suitable for teachers working with all ages.

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Roger Terry

Roger Terry was an International NLP Master Trainer and expert on human value systems. Roger lead seminars and consulted with companies in the UK, USA, Europe and Middle East.

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Richard Churches

Dr Richard Churches has been an advanced skills teacher, a senior manager in challenging inner-city schools, a government adviser, an education consultant and the lead adviser for education reform and evidence-based practice at Education Development Trust. He has led many major policy initiatives in England and across the world, and is currently programme director for the DfE Future Teaching Scholars programme. His doctoral research was experimental and explored areas of charismatic leadership associated with altered states of consciousness.

Clinical trials' approach to research to see what works best for students. You can read Dr Richard Churches full article from Education Development Trust here.


  1. A Perfect Textbook to be used as you prepare and plan your most challenging lessons

    A treasure chest of a text, I only have praise for this manual. Teachers who love teaching or who want to regain the love for teaching can use this book, which offers itself as a wonderful way to reinvigorate teaching practise using NLP.

    NLP is simply a set of wonderful techniques used to change around your own thinking so you are in a position of master your own communications in your Teaching practice. Anyone involved in the communication of teaching will immediately find the value of the book. Treat yourself well, but having this sort of support workbook around as acts to remind you to keep the communication relationship are the most in your teaching. It keeps you uplifted, balancing your dreams with practical steps in this set book.

    Anyone involved in pedagogy, will see how much communication most needs your attention in your teaching career. It teaches you how to prioritise your time, the most valuable commodity you own and to place within it the most fundamental communication skills. For any teacher in training or seeking to improve their classroom practise with NLP, this book emphasises, sound practises. Chapter by chapter invites you to try out different NLP exercises, which stretch and strengthen your existing talents, skills and natural gifts into the space between you, the students, parents, and colleagues you interact with.

    What's admirable about this manual is that it makes very clear those characteristics of effective teachers. E.g. your expectations that you have for yourself and others and how you might improve or reframe them if that is necessary. A book written with lots of respect for the teacher and the teaching experience. It redirects any teacher to put their attention on what they want to create in the class and to move on from feeling guilt or any other negative feelings generated from failed teaching sessions.

    For those who are especially sceptical, it provides lots of exercises which allow the sceptic to work things out for themselves. To test the material out for themselves. To put each section to the challenge and to notice for themselves the positive changes which occur in the classroom as a result of applying the various NLP exercises. To identify in precise and achievable outcomes, what you may want to accomplish. Chapters ask you to focus on your attitude. They each support you to put yourself into a decisive position. To decide how you want to communicate with learners. How to enjoy teaching and be generous about that too. Before further inspiring the reader to take more positive action, it shows how to plan out lessons from taking an internal approach. Lesson planning triggering and activating emotions, feelings, memories, and internal future representations teaching the teacher ho to assist them to create well formed outcomes bringing all their training together using all the inrwebL senses they have.

    Rapport, pacing and leading. Effective and aspiring effective teachers will get even more opportunities to praictse how to build rapport using specific language patterns. Known to influence learners, parents and colleagues.

    How to use praise in all its ways, is a major chapter of the book. Know how to use praise to get feedback from learners. Becoming skilled at how to use language to pay tribute to learners, parents and colleagues, increases your own flexibility to change their behaviour, language, or internal feelings about themselves. And this is all a seriously important part of learners taking action for themselves.

    Utilise everything

    Each chapter teaches you to harness, and utilise where you are currently at in your teaching practise. Each has something to attach importance to as you put into use your treasures. It's a practical book, so it requires you to set up a programme of activity for yourself to learn and practice the material. It's a real great reminder text and rather than simply give you inspiration, it then gives you the most easy to apply NLP exercises.

    Memory and Anchoring

    The two chapters, which show the teacher how to use the memory, and anchoring to create and recreate internal strengths, which learners can draw from, are exquisitely easy to follow and apply.

    More useful chapters!

    a chapter on how to use questions in teaching, a chapter on defining what you value about teaching and updating those values if necessary so you remain flexible in the classroom whilst being true to self. And a chapter on motivation, which is key to learner retention.

    Personal 'favourite things I cherish', about the text are its size. It's big enough to carry around. It has jargon buster sections and its very clear illustrations that help to increase a person's rapport with the learners, parent or colleague. More than an introduction to NLP, it is a text you can use each day as you plan your communication messages for each of your lessons. Superb.

    Highly recommended: Should be on teachers mandatory reading list.
  2. Richard & Roger's book is special in that it views teachers as thinking individuals who want the best results for their classroom while offering the “how” and not the “what” of teaching. The view of NLP offered in this book is up-to-date both in terms of NLP itself and academic research in areas that are relevant to NLP. What I really liked about “NLP for teachers” is that it achieves a healthy overall balance. Theory meets practice and it is important because it is the basic concepts of NLP that can truly liberate you and give you control over your own behaviour, yet they are difficult to learn without immediately-practicable techniques. Both newcomers and experienced NLPers are given plenty to think about. The classroom is treated both as a group, with collective needs, and as a set of individuals, with specific needs. NLP is about being proficient in communication and those who will read this book and apply the concepts and techniques presented will be challenged and given the opportunity to be even better communicators than they already are.
  3. This book is written for teachers as a practical text which provides opportunities to explore key areas of personal development and personal effectiveness. It focuses on the skills of:

    • Effective communication

    • Influencing skills

    • Managing emotions

    • Setting positive outcomes

    • Expanding repertoire of behaviours and increasing flexibility

    Having trained in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) myself, I am impressed with the breadth and depth of this book and I would imagine appealing both to a newly qualified teacher and to those who wish to develop and hone their skills and performance.

    It provides an 'Instant Training Day', a glossary of related terminology and a very comprehensive research section. The authors are to be congratulated on a well-structured book which is visually appealing and full of tips and activities.
  4. As a practising teacher who is mid way through NLP practitioner training, I am writing to thank you for NLP for Teachers. I read this book with huge enthusiasm because it not only clarified the essential ideas of NLP, but also rendered them in eminently practical terms and contexts for teachers. I have implemented many of the practices from the toolbox sections with great success and have networked much of the thinking with colleagues. As well as this, NLP for Teachers has led me in a number of other fascinating directions, one of which is mentoring. Inspired by NLP for Teachers (and of course my practitioner training) I have now written a school-wide NLP based mentoring programme which seems to have engaged the thinking of teachers and learners alike. The programme has undoubtedly contributed to a change in the school culture where learners are now becoming increasingly solutions focussed.

    So, a huge thank you to you both. I will certainly look forward to reading more of your work.
  5. NLP For Teachers, by Richard Churches and Roger Terry, is a fascinating and extremely accessible book: it is full of information in a highly palatable format; and the “Wow!” moments (of which there are many!) are not just because of the way in which NLP is applied here to the world of Education, but equally to an abundance of interesting anecdotes”“”. For example, how the eminent anthropologist Gregory Bateson and his research team discovered that context is just as important as behaviour to learning, by working with dolphins!

    There are many books available about behaviour in the classroom, but learning at a different level - context - is more profound, because it is about “learning to learn'.

    The great thing about Churches and Terry is that in this book they have beautifully mapped across the tools of NLP, plus the findings of superb minds like Bateson, not only to the way we teach our children, but, more profoundly, to the way the children learn!

    This book contains all the major NLP models, like eye-accessing cues, logical levels etc., so the reader receives a full range of “WHAT to do': but the difference that makes the difference in this book is that they also get the “HOW to do it'! NLP is often called the “How technology”, and that is apparent here on every page.

    There is also a section on planning and delivering your own “Instant NLP training day', which contains a whole series of training exercises.

    One of the best things about this book is that it ISN'T just about the students, but about you, the teacher”“”.. who and what you are, your values and beliefs, your own state management, language, metaprograms, and so on. The authors make it clear that in order to get the best from the teacher, not only do the students have to be in the best state for learning; the teacher has also to be the best they can be!

    The language in this book has chunked a complex subject to an extremely digestible level: and the book is also a delight to the Visually preferenced, with colour, many illustrations, and font variations. It also satisfies the Kinaesthetic with its smooth pages and tactile cover!

    Perhaps the most impressive parts of this book are the -˜Research Zones': included in each chapter is a section which gives the provenance and background to what is contained in that part of the book. Before using anything with students, the Education profession likes to know what is proven or not - who found out, and how, when, and where! Here we are given explicit data on the research, the researchers, their work, and the dates they were published.

    As teachers reading and applying the contents of this book, we can not only see the research behind the models and techniques, and associated information; we can confidently use what we have discovered here, to add our own first-hand knowledge of them to the Education world.

    In our many years experience taking New Oceans NLP trainings and coaching into Primary, Secondary, Further, and Higher Education in the U.K. and the Middle East, as well as our specialist field of working with children with unique learning requirements, both gifted and challenged, we have found the NLP tools, models, and processes to be hugely influential.

    The feedback we are constantly receiving in our own NLP in Education work is that for teachers to know and use, for example, spatial anchoring in the school, to know and use perceptual positions, as we do in nine positions for changing state, is not only powerfully effective, it is a revelation and a joy, for both teachers and students!

    So we highly recommend this book to every Education professional who wants access to a set of tools that really work! - NLP - and who desires to grow their teaching. And - perhaps even more importantly - who really wants to rediscover what learning is truly about.
  6. An NLP book that makes you sit up and take notice! Richard Churches and Roger Terry have provided an essential service to teachers by giving them the means to become excellent role models for the children they teach. The exercises are pitched at the right level for working with kids and for having fun, and they have provide a comprehensive survey of the neurological research to support the principles of NLP.
  7. For those teachers who are forensic in their search for improvement, NLP for Teachers opens up a new way of examining classroom practice. The authors summarise the NLP approach in this comprehensive and insightful publication.
  8. For those of us dedicated to the art of teaching, NLP brings new and deeper insights and understandings. This book gives practical, accessible approaches to help teachers and school leaders refine and develop excellent practice.
  9. This is a book that you will want to come back to again and again whether you are an experienced or a newly qualified teacher. The authors unlock the complexities of NLP, giving practical and easy approaches in the classroom. Try out a couple of strategies, see their impact on learning and you'll soon be back for more. I speak from experience!
  10. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an established set of principles for teaching, learning and personal development. It brings with it a range of methods and models and offers new understandings into how people think, behave, learn and change.

    NLP for Teachers is certainly a book that many people have been waiting for and a great resource for all in the field of education. It contains a wealth of information on NLP, including the essential background to the most important tools and techniques.

    One of the main strengths of the book is that it is directly aimed at classroom practice. As such, it is jam-packed with excellent advice and useful strategies as well as motivating and practical ideas. There is a bank of tips, Just Do It activities and a wide variety of NLP Toolboxes, all of which have immediate application to day to day classroom situations.

    A small example of the areas and topics covered include
    • The Presuppositions of NLP & The Study of Excellence
    • How to plan successful lessons from inside out and reach your outcomes
    • Using sensory preferences in language
    • Building Rapport & Developing Effective Relationships in the Classroom
    • How to be elegant in your use of language to influence others and affect change
    • How to use body language to manage your learners
    • How to see the world differently and increase your success
    • Anchoring _ Harnessing the resources within yourself and your environment
    • How who you are affects what you do _ Working out your values hierarchy
    • The art of questioning and conversational belief change
    • The skill of being artfully vague and using language to get what you want
    • How to keep motivation on target
    A regular feature of the book is the Jargon Buster which helps to clarify some of the concepts behind NLP and make its value all the more obvious and relevant.

    As you work through the chapters and try out the activities and become more comfortable with the principles, presuppositions and skills of NLP, you will find that you in become a better and more effective teacher, not only in terms of what you do, but also in terms of who you are both inside and outside the classroom.

    Also particularly useful are the short Resource Zones, which add academic depth to the chapters and cover a wide variety of areas such as mirror neurons, hypnosis, emotional intelligence, eye movements and much more. Written in simple and easily accessible language, they reference work from other fields relevant to NLP and also include an extremely useful and detailed list of sources for further research and study.

    In addition, the book also includes an Instant NLP Training Day, which includes a number of mini-training sessions and useful advice on how to bring the learning back into your own context.

    Overall, NLP for Teachers really is a very useful book. It is an excellent balance of practical ideas and theoretical insight and an essential resource for those in the educational sector interested in being the difference that makes the difference.
  11. This is an excellent resource for teachers and lecturers. This book will enable teachers to learn from practical application by the authors of their desire to improve teaching and learning skills and in particular personal effectiveness. I would recommend this as an essential resource for all teachers and lecturers and those who are studying for their Cert Eds.
  12. I work in schools and teachers often ask -˜What's this NLP all about then?' I can now refer them to to a book that provides a clear and comprehensive guide to how NLP can help a teacher in the classroom. It's packed with the sorts of practical tips teachers like and I particularly like the section on running an NLP based Inset day.
  13. This book aims to take the complex terminology and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and turn them into practical strategies for teachers working at the chalkface.

    The book offers advice and activities to alter behaviour and attitudes, with a number of original ideas.

    The authors themselves say in their introduction that they are aiming to help teachers "bit the challenging mark of interpersonal and intrapersonal effectiveness".

    The pair are speaking from experience as well, having taught NLP approaches to more than 1,000 teachers and school leaders in the past four years.

    The book covers a lot of ground, looking at how to build rapport, thinking effectively, positive rewards, words to use with care, motivation, and paying attention to body language to name but a few topics.

    The advice is backed up with fully-referenced research, top tip boxes and advice on where to begin when it comes to applying the techniques you are reading about. There is also a useful glossary common NLP terms.

    The layout and design makes what could be a tough subject matter easy to read and digest.
  14. NLP for Teachers combines a bright A4 format and accessible layout with detailed guidance and techniques on how to improve personal effectiveness as a classroom teacher.

    Ideas from NLP have been gradually incorporated into education over a number of years, so it is good to see a book which brings the methods of NLP directly to bear upon the performance of the teacher and their interaction with pupils.

    This is not just a compilation of practical techniques, however. It also has a substantial underpinning of theory. For those who want to probe deeper there are 'research zones' which include guidance on further reading, opening up the world of NLP more fully and going beyond NLP itself to the key figures who informed its development.
  15. This is a powerful resource for all those who wish to extend their portfolio of strategies to support effective learning and teaching. NLP offers a systematic, coherent and well tried range of techniques to enhance all aspects of communication. The book combines lucid expositions of theory, practical and relevant examples and a range of activities which support understanding and application.

    Education is a social process ” this book demonstrates that it is no longer necessary to aspire to, or exhort, social skills ” they can be developed and learnt. NLP offers a rigorous approach to personal effectiveness and enhanced professional expertise.

    The authors provide an accessible, relevant and directly applicable resource which has the potential to help classrooms and schools become emotionally literate communities.
  16. Richard Churches and Roger Terry have written an impressively thorough and packed guide to NLP for teachers. It is based on the authors' extensive experience in the field, and the choice of contents is directly influenced by what teachers themselves have found most useful. It is well-illustrated, offers an engaging mix of explanation, examples and activities, and deserves to be a great success.

    The research zones are an especially useful and innovative feature. On topics such as mirror neurons, hypnosis, eye movements and more, Richard and Roger acquaint the reader with work in other fields that is relevant to NLP. The zones include full details of sources, and provide what is often a missing link in NLP publications. They offer a distinctive resource for anyone seeking a well-informed understanding of NLP.
  17. ... a rare book-”unique and original ideas presented in so many different stimulating ways. You have idea sets, toolboxes, research zones, top tips,cartoons-”a cornucopia of stimuli. Church and Terry have produced something that not only will make you a better teacher, it will make any of us a better person if we soak in and act on the many clear suggestions. NLP is at once a deeply practical and deeply theoretical book.
  18. NLP for teachers is just the book I have been waiting for. It takes the complex terminology and techniques of Neuro Linguistic Programming and translates them into practical strategies for teachers in the classroom. It is packed full of excellent advice and useful activities that work on a profound level to alter behaviour and attitudes. If you follow the advice in this book and work through each section practising the techniques and using the tools, you will improve your teaching and leadership skills. If you also embrace the principles of NLP that relate to developing a high level of self awareness, rapport and flexibility you will also change your life and relationships ” for the better. A must for your educational bookshelf.

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