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With the recent and increasing attention to accountability and standards, teacher preparation programs are more than ever in need of tools that vicariously acquaint future teachers with the difficult situations they will face. Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom is the perfect catalyst for this sort of teacher development. The cases encourage students to immerse themselves in classroom situations before they begin their practice, helping them link theory and experience. All of the cases present relevant situations that replicate the complicated, multitasked, and interrelated realms of the teacher.

Chapter 12: Developing Appropriate Boundaries with a Troubled Student

Developing Appropriate Boundaries with a Troubled Student
Developing appropriate boundaries with a troubled student

In this case, a teacher considers the role she or he plays in the life of a troubled adolescent. Case commentators John Loughran, Ardra L. Cole, Allen T. Pearson, and Janine Remillard discuss issues of student relationships, expectations, and the personal involvement of a sensitive teacher. Building trust, often a difficult endeavor, permits both teacher and student to probe their own lives to examine why they act as they do.

Thinking Ahead

As you read this chapter, reflect on the following issues:

  • Consider the skills, attitudes, experience, and knowledge of the teacher.
  • Consider the contextual issues.
  • Identify the problems and pressures that are disturbing Mel.
  • List the dilemmas the teacher must face regarding Mel.

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