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ERIC Number: EJ895299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Kids Who Carry in Problems from Home
Binnington, Ramsey; Beck, Mitchell
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n1 p54-57 2010
Natalie, a nine-year-old fourth-grade girl who lives with her mother, father, and two older sisters in a small, middle class, suburban community, has some social problems. She often appears to be speaking to the other students the way her older sisters speak to her at home--exerting power in a condescending tone. This article describes a "Red Flag intervention" precipitated by an event in the classroom that had culminated with Natalie becoming suddenly very angry at a classmate. After speaking with Natalie, the teacher was able to determine that, due to an unresolved problem at home earlier that morning, Natalie had taken out her frustrations on her classmate. This intervention demonstrates how important the timeline is. The teacher, very slowly, helped Natalie trace her steps backward until she had discovered the real crisis. Once identified, the teacher helped Natalie to understand how she had displaced her strong feelings onto her classmate, when she was really upset with an older sister.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A