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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 ...

Developing a Strong Teacher-Student Relationship
Developing a strong teacher-student relationship

In the previous chapters, we set up a classroom to use a relationship-driven methodology. We made proactive moves to ensure that once filled with children, the classroom will engender positive and appropriate relationships.

It usually takes about 8 weeks for the relationship milieu to gel to a point that the relationships themselves become an integral part of motivation and change. The interim period tends to be taken up with getting acquainted, becoming familiar with the routine, setting and testing boundaries, and all the other normal aspects of adjusting to new experiences. If children are unfamiliar with healthy relationships, this is also a period when the teacher needs to focus on actively teaching relationship skills. After about eight ...

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