She Pushed All My Buttons: Or Did I Push Hers?

Laura Straus (University of Montana Western, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 126
EISBN13: 9781799858645|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2971-3.ch010
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This chapter tells the story of the author's experiences in working with a student who she initially experienced as being extremely defiant and resistant to instruction. It provides a narrative in which other teachers can see themselves and envision their own responses to the challenges she experienced. She was confronted with a student she did not know how to reach. The narrative invites readers to come on a journey with her as she recalls and explores the daunting relationship she had with this student at the beginning of the year. Readers are asked to join her in examining and interrogating her own practices, as they also reflect on their particular pedagogical challenges. The chapter documents how the author evolved over the course of the year as she struggled to teach in a more responsive and authentic manner. In particular, she notes that her inclusion of social-emotional learning and a more child-centered pedagogy, in the form of a reading and writing workshop, led to the positive outcomes she sought.
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