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Severe issue strategies.

Feb 26, 2013 12:46pm

I have a student with severe anger issues where he has been suspended for most of the school year. Does anyone have any strategies on how I can diffuse this anger and get him to "like" school. This is a 5th grade special ed class.... Thanks!

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    • Feb 26, 2013 10:40pm

      Hi Deanna,
      It might sound simple, but I always try to start with relationship building when it comes to students who really need extra support. Sometimes getting to know them outside of classroom setting, whether it be on a home visit or playing four square with them and their classmates at recess, really gives you some valuable insight into the student while also helping them to interact with their teacher/school official in a new and positive way.

      Best of luck!

      • Mar 11, 2013 6:38pm

        I have a student just like this in my 5th grade class and I set up a contract... just like athletes, since he loves basketball of possible things he can earn for having a good day. For example, he likes extra computer time, lunch with the teacher, etc.

        • Feb 27, 2013 8:51pm

          Hi Deanna,

          Is there a way this student can spend extra time with you in the classroom in the morning or after school? By helping in the classroom it will allow you to spend time with him (build the relationship) while at the same time make a positive contribution to the classroom.

          • Mar 10, 2013 8:35pm

            I like to use a book entitled "Have you filled a Bucket Today?" written by Carol McCloud. Check out the resources on Pinterest. Turn your students into bucket fillers.
            Good Luck,
            Sue Roberts

            • Mar 10, 2013 8:37pm

              I like to use the book and resources for "Have you Filled a Bucket Today?" written by Carol McCloud. Check out the resources on Pinterest. Turn your students into Bucket Fillers.
              Good Luck,
              Sue Roberts

              • Oct 7, 2014 11:39pm

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