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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 ...

Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
Creating a positive classroom climate

In our experience, the reason control-oriented methodologies are often unsuccessful in the classroom is because the focus is on obedience rather than change. The ultimate goal of these methodologies is compliance with a predetermined, external standard imposed by those in authority. Accountability is measured by the number of students who meet this standard at a given time.

The ultimate goal of a relationship-driven methodology is change. Obedience, while preferable to misbehavior, is of limited value in the long term because it is externally governed. If the external authority is not present, oftentimes the desired behavior is no longer present either. The only way to ensure a desired behavior remains in place once the child is outside the ...

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