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ERIC Number: ED479644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Survival Counseling Skills for New Teachers.
Pirtle, Trace N.; Perez, Patricia
This paper describes a three-part project designed collaboratively by a university professor and a public school teacher to increase teaching interns' knowledge, awareness, and skill in conceptualizing and intervening with challenging students and better prepare them for persisting in the classroom. Participants were 64 undergraduate students. The first session focused on how basic "survival" counseling skills could help them be more effective teachers, reinforcing the notion that teachers are the first line of defense in identifying and intervening with students who bring a variety of psychological and emotional baggage to school. The second session began by asking participants how they applied information from the first session in their classrooms, then worked to help participants understand that challenging students are discouraged and in need of encouragement. It also taught the rational-emotive behavior therapy model, expanded on the conceptual framework of reality therapy, and included a group activity in which participants were asked to "think outside the box" about their roles as teachers. The final session focused on components of the program that had been attempted in the field and the perceived results. Participants overwhelmingly considered the program successful. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A