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Students Who Drive You Crazy

Students Who Drive You Crazy
Succeeding With Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People

Second Edition

November 2008 | 168 pages | Corwin
Students Who Drive You Crazy, Second Edition, provides educators with a model for assessing, understanding, and responding to their most challenging interactions at school, whether with students, parents, or colleagues. The book addresses some of the most difficult problems educators face today: gangs, violence, disrespect, addictions, verbal abuse, lack of motivation, and obtrusiveness. The author covers the kinds of conflicted relationships that occupy so much time and energy and that can often challenge an educator'sápersonal life as well as professional morale. In addition to synthesizing the theory and research on the subject of difficult student relationships, this resource presents interviews with practicing teachers, counselors, and school administrators and with current and former students were known to drive teachers crazy. All voices speak clearly about their sources of frustration and highlight the elements that made the greatest difference in overcoming obstacles. The updated edition features activities for professional development in each chapter to help readers extend and personalize the content; expanded discussion of the types of challenging student behaviours; additional tips for developing active listening skills to improve communication with students and parents; suggestions for creating caring communities in the classroom; a new section on dealing with aggressive and violent behaviour; information on understanding parent behaviour and suggestions for building positive connections with families; and additional tables and charts that summarize key points.
About the Authors
1. Why Do Some Students Drive You Crazy?
At a Loss About What to Do

Eye of the Beholder

So, Who Gets to You?

2. Which Students Challenge You Most?
Students From Hell

Profiles of Students Who Are Difficult

Placing Actions in Context

3. Understanding Students' Challenging Behavior
They Are Doing the Best They Can

Additional Functions of Conflict

When Biology Has Its Say

Creating Difficult Students

Multiple Viewpoints

4. What Students Do to Make You Crazy
Separating Students and Behavior

Protecting Yourself

Pushing Our Buttons

How Failure Helps

Engaging the Challenging Student

Recognizing Your Limitations

Don't Take the Conflict Personally

It Comes With the Territory

5. Changing Your Own Behavior
Detachment Without Withdrawal

Talking to Yourself

Processing Disappointments Internally

Stop Complaining

Keeping Your Sense of Humor

Recognizing Accomplishments and Strengths

Reframing Problems

Being Flexible

Seeking Support

Help Yourself First

6. Strategies for Changing Students' Behavior
Some Rules of Engagement

Develop a Sense of Community

Use Counseling Skills

Collaborate With Others

Brief Interventions

Develop Alternate Perspectives

7. Parents and Colleagues Who Drive You Crazy
The Least of Our Problems

Teachers Who Don't Understand

Administrators Who Handcuff Us

Parents Who Fight Us

What About You?

Those Who Abuse You

8. Preventing Future Problems
Proactive Versus Reactive Strategies

Paying Attention to Feedback

Teacher Strategies That Maintain Momentum

Conflict Resolution

In Summary

References and Suggested Readings

"An absolutely necessary read for educators. The commonsense model assesses and outlines how to respond to challenging students, parents, and colleagues. This work is making a difference in my school."

Bonnie Tryon, Principal
Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY

"This book offers strategies, understanding, and hope for practicing educators who find themselves struggling with particular students on a daily basis and who want to reach out to students to help them reach their educational goals."

Danielle Torres, Assistant Professor of School Counseling
Lewis & Clark College

"The book is a compact overview of the equivalent of an entire college course, blending student psychology, classroom management, and introduction to counseling."

Katy Olweiler, Middle School Counselor
Lakeside School, Seattle, WA

"With its person-in-environment analysis and intervention model, this book is a good resource in the library of a school social worker. It allows for balanced and nuanced consideration of behavior and provides a framework for ethical and culturally competent practice."

David Roden, School Social Worker
School Social Work Journal, March 2011, Vol. 35, No. 2