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Take a proactive approach with your most challenging students!

This second edition of a bestseller gives teachers a model to assess, understand, and respond to challenging students, plus new tables, charts, and reflection questions. Offering real-life scenarios from interviews with teachers, counselors, and school administrators, this updated volume provides:

  • More tips for developing active listening skills that improve communication with students
  • Suggestions for creating caring communities in the classroom
  • A new section on dealing with aggressive and violent behavior
  • Information on understanding parent behavior and suggestions for building positive connections with parents and families

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Editorial Reviews

Gerald Monk
"An exciting and innovative text for all teachers at every stage of professional development, this book is written in an accessible and captivating style, enabling practitioners to immediately find helpful suggestions and relevant, engaging ideas."
Rick Heidt
"This is undoubtedly one of the best pieces that I have ever read on problem students and I think it will be a ‘classic" handbook for practitioners in the future."
Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books
"With so many teachers leaving the profession due to frustration and teacher burnout, this book is an important tool in helping education professionals to see situations in a different light. Kottler's book is a meaningful addition to the field of eduation in that it helps educators and others in the field to realize that they often have control in situations in which they had previously perceived themselves as being powerless and helpless."
Research Roundup
"Offers specific strategies for dealing with and preventing problematic behavior. A significant resource for principals, whether they are dealing with these students themselves, working with teachers who are having problems with specific studetns, or developing content for a staff study group. "
Bonnie Tryon
"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."
Danielle Torres
"This book offers strategies, understanding, and hope for practicing educators who find themselves struggling with particular students on a daily basis andwho want to reach out to students to help them reach their educational goals."
Katy Olweiler
"The book is a compact overview of the equivalent of an entire college course, blending student psychology, classroom management, and introduction to counseling."
David Roden
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412965293
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/22/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 286,807
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph D, one of the most prolific authors in the fields of psychology and education, is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton. He has authored more than a dozen texts for counselors and teachers that are used in universities around the world, as well as a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include: Counseling Skills for Teachers, On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Learning Group Leadership, and Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own. Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice settings. He served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru (1980) and Iceland (2000) and has been a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal.

Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set­tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers, and Students Who Drive You Crazy: Succeeding with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People.

She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1 Why Do Some Students Drive You Crazy? 1
2 Which Students Challenge You Most? 7
3 Understanding Students' Challenging Behavior 26
4 What They Do to Make You Crazy 39
5 Changing Your Own Behavior 56
6 Strategies for Changing Students' Behavior 66
7 Parents and Colleagues Who Drive You Crazy 86
8 Preventing Future Problems 100
References and Suggested Readings 113
Index 119
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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    Not very helpful

    I did not find this book helpful. The only useful information in the whole book is on pages 102 and 103. It took way too long to get the advice part of the book. The whole book should be condensed into a pamphlet or newsletter.

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