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Students Who Drive You Crazy
Discover more strategies for managing difficult students, with new information on aggressive/violent behavior, tips for establishing positive relationships with parents, and more.
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781412965293
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2008
- Page Count: 168
- Publication date: August 22, 2008
"An absolutely necessary read for educators. The commonsense model assesses and outlines how to respond to challenging students, parents, and colleagues. This work is making a difference in my school."
—Bonnie Tryon, Principal
Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY
Take a proactive approach with your most challenging students!
This second edition of a bestseller gives teachers a model to assess, understand, and respond to challenging students. The book also provides strategies for handling relationships with difficult parents and colleagues.
This fully updated survival guide offers additional strategies to help teachers manage difficult students, including those who break rules and those who are withdrawn, plus new tables and charts and questions for reflection. With real-life scenarios from interviews with teachers, counselors, and school administrators, this volume provides:
- More tips for developing active listening skills that improve communication with students and their parents
- Suggestions for creating caring communities in the classroom
- A new section on dealing with aggressive and violent behavior
- Information on understanding parent behavior and suggestions for building positive connections with parents and families
- Research from the related disciplines of nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, and family therapy
Use this authoritative handbook to establish healthy, positive relationships with students and maintain a supportive learning environment in the classroom.
- Includes strategies that can help you change your own internal framework when facing students who drive you crazy.
- Contains a comprehensive catalog of things that you can do differently to improve your most difficult relationships.
- Based on research and literature in education, as well as current practices in the related disciplines of nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, and family therapy.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
1. Why Do Some Students Drive You Crazy?
At a Loss About What to Do
Eye of the Beholder
So, Who Gets to You?
2. Which Students Challenge You Most?
Students From Hell
Profiles of Students Who Are Difficult
Placing Actions in Context
3. Understanding Students' Challenging Behavior
They Are Doing the Best They Can
Additional Functions of Conflict
When Biology Has Its Say
Creating Difficult Students
4. What Students Do to Make You Crazy
Separating Students and Behavior
Pushing Our Buttons
How Failure Helps
Engaging the Challenging Student
Recognizing Your Limitations
Don't Take the Conflict Personally
It Comes With the Territory
5. Changing Your Own Behavior
Detachment Without Withdrawal
Talking to Yourself
Processing Disappointments Internally
Keeping Your Sense of Humor
Recognizing Accomplishments and Strengths
Help Yourself First
6. Strategies for Changing Students' Behavior
Some Rules of Engagement
Develop a Sense of Community
Use Counseling Skills
Collaborate With Others
Develop Alternate Perspectives
7. Parents and Colleagues Who Drive You Crazy
The Least of Our Problems
Teachers Who Don't Understand
Administrators Who Handcuff Us
Parents Who Fight Us
What About You?
Those Who Abuse You
8. Preventing Future Problems
Proactive Versus Reactive Strategies
Paying Attention to Feedback
Teacher Strategies That Maintain Momentum
References and Suggested Readings
"An absolutely necessary read for educators. The commonsense model assesses and outlines how to respond to challenging students, parents, and colleagues. This work is making a difference in my school."Bonnie Tryon, Principal
Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY
"This book offers strategies, understanding, and hope for practicing educators who find themselves struggling with particular students on a daily basis and who want to reach out to students to help them reach their educational goals."Danielle Torres, Assistant Professor of School Counseling
Lewis & Clark College
"The book is a compact overview of the equivalent of an entire college course, blending student psychology, classroom management, and introduction to counseling."Katy Olweiler, Middle School Counselor
Lakeside School, Seattle, WA
"With its person-in-environment analysis and intervention model, this book is a good resource in the library of a school social worker. It allows for balanced and nuanced consideration of behavior and provides a framework for ethical and culturally competent practice."David Roden, School Social Worker
School Social Work Journal, March 2011, Vol. 35, No. 2