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Create lasting, positive change for our most troubled students!

How do you move beyond traditional classroom management to create a learning environment that engages our hardest-to-reach students—students who may be struggling due to emotional disturbances or disabilities or environmental circumstances? Michael Marlowe and Torey Hayden have the answer: through a relationship-driven classroom. With the help of their book, you will: Gain a meaningful understanding of troubled students and how to reach and teach them effectively; Learn how to change inappropriate behavior rather than just control it; Become more reflective about teaching and learning with challenging children

Drawing on real-life stories, including some of those described in Torey Hayden's bestselling books on working with troubled children, the authors shed new light on the challenges of working with hard-to-reach ...


In describing an approach as flexible, responsive, and present oriented, it is easy to imagine that what results is simply an advanced form of winging it. No longer burdened with charts, contracts, point systems, and other methods that require extensive forward planning and recording, all the teacher has to do is appear in the classroom and wait for things to happen to which she can flexibly respond. This is not the case. Genuine flexibility, which allows us to make use of what is happening as it happens, comes not from hope-and-a-prayer chance taking but from the security of knowing there is an underlying foundation to what we do. Thus, we must first create this foundation. Before any children ever walk through the door, the ...

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