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ERIC Number: EJ894102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1074-2956
Promoting Longevity: Strategies for Teachers of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Cancio, Edward J.; Conderman, Greg
Beyond Behavior, v17 n3 p30-36 Spr 2008
Mrs. Donohue, a middle school teacher of students with emotional and behavior disorders (EBD), emphasizes that her job is extremely challenging. Her biggest issue is lack of administrative support. Mr. Clark, a teacher for students with EBD at an alternative school, had similar experiences with administrators in the past. He says, "The current issue I face is the large number of students with significant behavior problems, especially when they exhibit challenging behavior simultaneously in the same setting." Without healthy coping skills and a support system, teachers like Mrs. Donahue and Mr. Clark often leave the field feeling unappreciated and burned out. The American Association for Employment in Education reported higher attrition rates among teachers of students with EBD than among teachers of other disabilities.This article presents practical strategies that promote longevity for teachers of students with EBD that fall into six categories: (1) developing a positive and adaptive frame of mind; (2) forming positive collegial relationships; (3) using effective organizational strategies; (4) embracing change, innovation, and new opportunities; (5) collaborating with administrators; and (6) assessing one's stress and burnout level. (Contains 2 tables.)
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 612-276-0140; Fax: 612-276-0142; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A