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Students Who Drive You Crazy
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Students Who Drive You Crazy
Succeeding With Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People

Second Edition

August 2008 | 168 pages | Corwin

"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additional strategies to help teachers manage difficult students, including those who break rules and those who are withdrawn, plus new tables and charts and questions for reflection.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.

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

Multiple Viewpoints

4. What Students Do to Make You Crazy
Separating Students and Behavior

Protecting Yourself

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

Stop Complaining

Keeping Your Sense of Humor

Recognizing Accomplishments and Strengths

Reframing Problems

Being Flexible

Seeking Support

Help Yourself First

6. Strategies for Changing Students' Behavior
Some Rules of Engagement

Develop a Sense of Community

Use Counseling Skills

Collaborate With Others

Brief Interventions

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

Conflict Resolution

In Summary

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