I've been looking around Twitter to get some help with those "Tough-to-Understand Kids" and I discovered some good advice. It was a little refresher course, so I thought I would share it with your.
This article is by Dr. Allen Mendler. He gives 4 tips:
1.Express gratitude to your difficult students.
2. Use Encouraging statement everyday (here are a few)
- You really hung in there by _________.
- Wow, you pushed yourself today, and it really worked out.
- That took some special effort.
- It's not easy to ________, but you are making it happen.
- Your cooperation is really appreciated. Thanks.
4. Send the parents a "positive postcard."
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I hope you noticed that I labeled this the "tough to understand" kid vs. the Hard-to-like students. I did that for a specific reason. I believe that kids are easy to like when you understand them. For those of us who love children, we just need to understand them.