Sunday, June 14, 2009
Connecting with resistant students
We watched several clips from the documentary "The First Year," which showed Los Angeles teacher Nate Monley's efforts to connect with one of his most resistant students, Juan. Juan, like many students in Chicago and elsewhere, was dealing with a number of outside-school issues that made it difficult for him to focus and behave appropriately in the classroom. In your experience in schools, what are some of the strategies you have seen (or tried yourself) that are effective in terms of connecting with and engaging the most resistant students?