Successful Educators: A Practical Guide for Understanding Children's Learning Problems and Mental Health Issues

Successful Educators: A Practical Guide for Understanding Children's Learning Problems and Mental Health Issues

Successful Educators: A Practical Guide for Understanding Children's Learning Problems and Mental Health Issues

Successful Educators: A Practical Guide for Understanding Children's Learning Problems and Mental Health Issues

Synopsis

An insider's guide for educators who want to develop a better understanding of children's learning problems. The text will be helpful for educators including classroom teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, or graduate students who want to develop a better understanding of children's learning problems.

Excerpt

This book is designed for educators working in today's schools to assist them in finding out why some of their students are not succeeding and help them do something about it. It will be of use to educators such as classroom teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, or graduate students who want to develop a better understanding of children's learning problems.

Teaching and working with students is a more challenging job than ever because of the increasingly wide diversity of skills and needs that children bring into a classroom. Teaching is difficult in that teachers have to constantly adjust their curriculum to the varying needs of their students. When I ask teachers what is the hardest thing for them to do in a classroom, they often tell me that it is trying to deal with the diversity of skills in their classes.

Teachers often are asked to do more than simply present instructional materials. They spend a lot of time with their students and are asked to deal with children's emotional, social, and behavioral problems. They may also be the first people to identify a child as having a problem that needs further investigation. Although teachers are not expected to diagnose learning problems and other disabilities, they need to have enough information in order to know when they should make a referral to a psychologist or other mental health professional. Many teachers I work with are unsure of when they should refer a student for assistance. After reading this book, the answer to that question should be very clear.

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