Among other things Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks:
The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Press 2012)
- About 10 percent of kids in school -- about 9-13 million students -- struggle with mental health problems. What are some of the “psychosocial stressors” these kids face?
- What is going on with this generation of children, are they under more stress than were previous generations?
- Dr. Nancy Rappaport suggests that disruptive students may be referred for psychiatric medication too early. What are some of the other interventions parents could try before turning to medication?
- Of the students with behavioral problems, what are the types of students that teachers most dread having in class?
- Often teachers lower the academic bar with students who are explosive in the hopes this will result in less inappropriate behavior. What are the other choices?
- Often people assume that children who talk or act in sexually provocative ways in school have been sexually abused or overexposed at home. Dr. Rappaport says this is not always the case. How do you begin a constructive conversation between school and parents about this kind of behavior?
- Dr. Rappaport also thinks time-out is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Dr. Nancy Rappaport is a graduate of Princeton University and Tufts University School of Medicine. A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Rappaport is associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School where she teaches undergraduates, medical students, and residents about child development and supervises child psychiatry fellows in local schools. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry.
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