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Students Who Drive You Crazy : Succeeding With Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People - Jeffrey A. Kottler

Students Who Drive You Crazy

Succeeding With Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People

Paperback Published: 4th November 2008
ISBN: 9781412965293
Number Of Pages: 153

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Students Who Drive You Crazy, Second Edition, provides educators with a model for assessing, understanding, and responding to their most challenging interactions at school, whether with students, parents, or colleagues. The book addresses some of the most difficult problems educators face today: gangs, violence, disrespect, addictions, verbal abuse, lack of motivation, and obtrusiveness. The author covers the kinds of conflicted relationships that occupy so much time and energy and that can often challenge an educator'sapersonal life as well as professional morale. In addition to synthesizing the theory and research on the subject of difficult student relationships, this resource presents interviews with practicing teachers, counselors, and school administrators and with current and former students were known to drive teachers crazy. All voices speak clearly about their sources of frustration and highlight the elements that made the greatest difference in overcoming obstacles. The updated edition features activities for professional development in each chapter to help readers extend and personalize the content; expanded discussion of the types of challenging student behaviours; additional tips for developing active listening skills to improve communication with students and parents; suggestions for creating caring communities in the classroom; a new section on dealing with aggressive and violent behaviour; information on understanding parent behaviour and suggestions for building positive connections with families; and additional tables and charts that summarize key points.

Industry Reviews

"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
"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
"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
"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

About the Authors
Why Do Some Students Drive You Crazy?
At a Loss About What to Do
Eye of the Beholder
So, Who Gets to You?
Which Students Challenge You Most?
Students From Hell
Profiles of Students Who Are Difficult
Placing Actions in Context
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
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
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
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
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
Preventing Future Problems
Proactive Versus Reactive Strategies
Paying Attention to Feedback
Teacher Strategies That Maintain Momentum
Conflict Resolution
In Summary
References and Suggested Readings
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ISBN: 9781412965293
ISBN-10: 1412965292
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 153
Published: 4th November 2008
Publisher: CORWIN PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.34  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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