Resistant Learners: Reach Me Before You Teach Me focuses on those students whose behavior limits their learning and challenges their teachers while perhaps interrupting the learning cycle of their peers. Each chapter explains the theoretical and research background for each topic.
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About the Author
Mary Skvorak’s teaching career spans five decades and includes elementary, middle, high school and college classes. Recently retired as Director of the Undergraduate Inclusive Education Program at Nazareth College of Rochester, Mary enjoys gardening, classical music, reading and puzzles of all kinds.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: IF HOUSES ARE BUILT UPON SAND…
Foundations for Secure Relationships
Positive and Negative Aspects of Resistance
Five Ways to Reframe Negative Situations into Positive Opportunities
CHAPTER TWO: SELF-TALK IS LIKE A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
What is Self-talk?
The Impact Personal Self-talk Has on Students
Counteract Students’ Negative Self-talk – Five Examples
CHAPTER THREE: DO BATTLES WIN WARS?
Recognize Conflict as Opportunity
Capitalize on Developmental Challenges
Prevent Unnecessary Power Struggles
CHAPTER FOUR: THIS FIRE NEEDS WATER!
Anger Management in the Classroom
Minimize Angry Feelings in School
Teach Prosocial Skills that Empower Students to Self-manage
CHAPTER FIVE: THE AMAZING MAZE: PUNISHMENT, CONSEQUENCES AND RESPONSIBILITY
Punishment and Motivation
Consequences are Natural Effects
Responsibility Is a Five-letter Word
CHAPTER SIX: WOULD YOU READ THIS CHAPTER FOR A REWARD?
Positive Reinforcement Should Safeguard Self-Management
Ways to Use rewards to Reinforce Relationships
CHAPTER SEVEN: KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU – IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Multiple Intelligences – Gifts, Talents, Special Interests and Ways of Thinking
Learning Styles – Preferences Affect Learning Behaviors
Resistant Learners or Resistant Teachers?
CHAPTER EIGHT: THREE Rs – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM
Resistance vs. Culture Clash
Recipe for Relating to a Resistant Student