Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems

Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems

Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems

Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems

Synopsis

Whether students leave the classroom confident and goal-directed or frustrated and aimless depends on our ability to do two things: diagnose their needs and deliver support. This challenge can be daunting when students come to school with weak vocabulary, poor planning and organization skills, and problems with memory, impulse control, and attention span.

Causes & Cures reveals new neurological research about the root causes of these obstacles and lays out a comprehensive five-step protocol designed to help all educators identify and address common student academic and behavior issues.

This essential guide provides

• Illuminating case studies that walk you through the protocol in a variety of content areas and grade levels.

• Strategies and tools to help you diagnose root causes and develop targeted, effective interventions for your students.

• Guidance for extending individualized interventions to large groups.

Most of us went into teaching with the dream of helping all our students succeed. We can't let students who struggle wear us down or wait us out. No matter which subject or grade level you teach, this indispensable resource will show how you can help students overcome difficulties and experience real success in the classroom.

Excerpt

Whether our students leave our classrooms confident and goal-directed or frustrated and unfulfilled depends on our ability to do two things: diagnose their needs and deliver support. This dual challenge is daunting, especially if students come to school with weak vocabulary, shallow experience bases, and poor planning and organization skills. Our job becomes even more mind-boggling when students’ brain development causes problems with memory, impulse control, and attention span.

Faced with such complicating issues, teachers often become baffled by what to do next. Many times, I have heard teachers say they have exhausted all the possibilities: “What can I do with a student who turns in half of her work, can’t remember what we covered the day before, and insists on being the class clown? I have tried everything.” The truth is, a teacher may have tried everything he or she already knows to do, but teaching hard-to-reach students often demands a broader perspective and base of knowledge and experience than one person can bring to bear. Teachers often struggle to solve tough student issues alone, when the magnitude of the problem calls for the support of a team of professionals and a solid framework for decision making. In this book, I lay out a problem-solving . . .

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