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ERIC Number: EJ932139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Connecting with a Disconnected Student
Reed, Ryan
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v20 n1 p51-53 2011
In his short teaching career, the author has encountered a variety of challenging students. Some in-your-face students test authority daily. The passive-aggressive tricksters try everything to disrupt class and provoke the teacher. Some disengage, like the physical education nonparticipants who rarely meet his gaze. On his good days, he tries to understand and encourage with positive language. On his worst days, he acts like a big bad bully using scolding, threats, and exclusion. The author does not like being the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde teacher, but before he was introduced to Response Ability Pathways (RAP), he did not realize there was another way. In this article, the author uses principles from RAP training to engage a nonparticipating tenth-grader. The RAP process involves three stages: (1) connecting; (2) clarifying; and (3) restoring.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A