It seems each year we are faced in dealing with more and more students who are displaying ever increasing levels of anger, anxiety, and complex behavioral issues. Why are these children so angry? So anxious? Exhibiting so many challenging behaviors? How do we deal with students when they are annoyed, frustrated, anxious or destructive? What works and perhaps, just as importantly, what does not?
In this informative book we will attempt to look at the context that seems to foster these student’s behaviors. Additionally, we will take a step back and look at how to practically deal with the many factors that support or positively modify these behaviors in a productive and practical fashion.
Then, and most importantly, we will look at real-world and simple tools that can be used immediately to decrease the incidents of tantrums, diminish worry, destructiveness, and angry behaviors within the school setting. How to foster communication with parents for a more positive outcome as well as what we can do as an educational system to support these vulnerable youths.
The goal of this book is to supplement and enrich your existing tools with others you can quickly implement when working with these students during their most challenging states.
“Teaching in the midst of chaos” – that’s how one of my colleagues describes what it’s like to be a teacher nowadays. Our educational system is strained from lack of funding and pressures to do more with less. Parents often don’t understand or empathize with teachers, and many homes are characterized by norms that are inconsistent with school expectations. Teachers and school administrators tend to have different priorities, and teachers often feel unsupported by their district governance. In the midst of these tensions, how are teachers supposed to cover a curriculum? Novick, an experienced education and mental health professional, has many practical suggestions to help educator navigate this difficult terrain. He not only explains the nature of varying influences teachers must reconcile, but also provides many pragmatic techniques to help teachers address many classroom problems. This concise volume should be on the shelf of all teachers who wonder how to do their jobs during these challenging times.