Engaging Troubling Students by Scot Danforth & Terry Jo Smith


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Engaging Troubling Students offers instructional and student support practices grounded in critical constructivism. Critical constructivism means engaging problematic students in the learning process and building strong relationships with them. These interactions and relationships can have a profound impact on their emotional well-being and learning. Danforth and Smith draw from many academic fields to build this comprehensive resource. They cover the history and roots of current issues and dilemmas. They also provide a theoretical foundation of critical constructivism. Finally, they give specific teaching practices designed to foster the teacher-student relationship and describe programs addressing conflict, families, inclusive education, and more.

Recommended for:
Any and all educators working with emotionally and behaviorally troubled students.

Questions and themes to consider as you read:

  • What can you learn about your students and their “behavior” by building relationships with them?
  • What does it take on the part of the educator and the adult to create an honest and mutually respectful relationship with a student, especially one who may come from experiences of marginalization?