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The following excerpt comes from Chapter 8 of 55 Teaching Dilemmas: Ten Powerful Solutions to Almost Any Classroom Challenge, by Kathy Paterson (Pembroke Publishers, 2005; distributed in the U.S. by Stenhouse Publishers).
This excerpt suggests ways in which educators can deal calmly and effectively with tense situations involving angry students. See other excerpts from this book: Using Compassion to Build Positive School Climate and Stress Management and Self-Care.
Have you ever experienced panic when a classroom situation suddenly escalated into that feared power struggle? Were your first thoughts, “What do I do now?”
Imagine the following scenario and explore the advice that follows:
Kendra’s misbehavior had finally pushed Mrs. White too far, and the battle of wills was on. The louder Mrs.White reprimanded, the louder Kendra shouted back. Soon Kendra had toppled her desk and stormed from the room, Mrs. White right behind her. By the time the principal and several colleagues had appeared, Kendra had broken a window and cut both herself and the teacher. Mrs. White felt terrible. She knew she should have done something differently; she just didn’t know what.
Ten Ways to Defuse a Power Struggle
All students should be taught about the time-out area and the appropriate way to use it.
Last updated: 9/22/2016
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