Working with Challenging Students
Most all teachers have had the experience of being the one who made a difference in the life of a student–and every student deserves to have such an adult in their lives.
There is no single intervention or trick to magically change a challenging student into a self-regulating and motivated participant. What does work is creating settings in which students are known, explicitly prompted and supported and praised, and given the academic and social tools to thrive. The experience of working with challenging students as they learn to thrive is one of the richest rewards of working in schools. Let’s get that experience more often.
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How educators can bring SEL into any lesson without changing the curriculum
After years of helping schools hang in with challenging students, it was time to clarify when to stop hanging in
A quick overview of Carol Dweck’s work, all pointing towards very specific strategies for giving students supportive and motivating feedback
Originally titled “Praising and Loving Students,’ this ASCD on-line article asks all of us to recognize and support every student as a member of the community for doing no more than crossing the threshold into the school and the classroom
This post first appeared in Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week Teacher column, as part of a series of responses to the concept of personalized learning.
Some advice to allow our most traumatized and wary students pathways to trust their teachers
A quick look back at the roots of special education and a list of recommendations to do our work better. This also appears on my blog with its original title, “Be Special, Educator!”
A framework for finding traction with students who may only seem to be totally shut down
An argument that hangs between satire, blasphemy and concern
How teams of teachers can work together to identify strengths and share strategies
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