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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 3: Working with a Challenging Student and His Family

Working with a Challenging Student and His Family
Working with a challenging student and his family

In this case, a teacher reflects on her or his attempts to meet the educational needs of a challenging student. Responding to the unique and changing needs of this learner conjures images of attempts to address a moving target. The divergent learning style of this student also leads to his being a social target for his peers. Case commentators Deborah J. Trumbull, David Booth, Peter McLaren and Nathalia Jaramillo, and David E. Wilson and Joy S. Ritchie along with Janna Dresden examine multifold approaches of concern, empathy, negotiation, and reflection that are prompted by children who do not seem to fit into traditional schooling venues.

The use of “she and he,” ...

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