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Working with Challenging Students

March 14, 2017

It’s that time of year….problems begin to surface in your classroom. Excellent strategies and interventions in this post.

From Surviving to Thriving

We frequently get emails from former students – Subject Line: HELP. They begin with, “I have this student….What do I do?”

In one scenario the teacher had a troubled student who was especially challenging. “Mary” had been abandoned by several adults including her mother and was currently living with her grandmother. In a typical day there would be a midmorning meltdown. My student was trying all sorts of ways to build a relationship, but seemed to be getting nowhere. It was almost as if her student was afraid to make attachments. (She was.) Mary no longer trusted adults, including teachers. So many people had let her down that she was afraid to trust, afraid that connecting would mean losing someone again ……when they left or she was forced to move again.

We talked about the fact that it would be very difficult to build a relationship of trust when…

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