Engaging Troubling Students

A Constructivist Approach

Scot E. Danforth ,

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Engaging Troubling Students: A Constructivist Approach

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"Danforth and Smith have written an exceptional book on educating ′troubling′ students. It is a clear alternative to current books on educating children with emotional and behavioral disorders, most of which are based on behavioral theories. They offer practical guidance, well illustrated with stories from their own experiences on collaboration, working with families, conflict resolution, social support for students, providing a caring pedagogy, and teacher development."
James L. Paul, Professor, Special Education
University of South Florida

Truly teaching "troubling" students means connecting with them in ways that can last a lifetime!

Teachers are consistently faced with students who behave in disruptive or disrespectful ways. These "troubling" students are frequently disengaged from both academics and the possibility of meaningful relationships with caring adults. How can teachers engage these students in instruction and learning as well as the development of trust and personal growth?

Engaging Troubling Students offers instructional and student support practices grounded in critical constructivism--engaging problematic students in the learning process and building strong relationships with them. These interactions and relationships can have a profound impact on their emotional well-being and learning. Danforth and Smith draw from many academic fields to build this comprehensive resource:

  • History and roots of current issues and dilemmas
  • Theoretical foundation of critical constructivism
  • Teaching practices designed to foster the teacher-student relationship
  • Specific programs addressing conflict, families, inclusive education, and more

Filled with rich narrative and directed to teachers working with troubling students each day, this insightful, practical guide will help lead you as you develop helpful, trusting relationships with them.

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