Recognize and Respond to Emotional and Behavioral Issues in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide

Authors: Andrew Jonathan Cole Psy.D., Aaron M. Shupp Psy.D.

Format: Paperback, 136 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781598572230
Price: $19.95

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Teachers are often the first to identify a childs emotional or behavioral problemsbut with limited time and resources, knowing how to start helping can be a tough challenge. This quick-guide puts key psychological principles and straightforward, classroom-ready strategies at every K-12 teachers fingertips, they can provide effective supports for students, keep families involved, and recognize when outside help is needed.

Based on the authors years of experience with students, teachers, and families, this reader-friendly guide is equally useful for working with students with and without a specific diagnosis. Teachers will learn practical strategies they can immediately implement to help students with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and social difficulties:

  • bullyingboth verbal and physical
  • poor concentration and impulsive behavior
  • performance anxiety during exams and class time
  • trouble fitting in with peers
  • low moods
  • aggressive behavior
  • rule-breaking and disregard for authority
  • resistance to or fear of school
  • communication challenges
  • struggles with social cues
  • lack of personal boundaries

In each concise, accessible chapter, teachers will get a case study and quick profile of a specific emotional or behavioral issue, recommendations on optimal classroom structure and student and family collaboration, and guidelines on when to seek further consultation or referral. Practice exercises and discussion questions make this an ideal resource for professional development sessions, and the helpful forms and handouts (also available online!) are easy to use with students and email to families.

A must for new teachers and seasoned educators who want fresh, effective strategies, this book is the perfect starting point for addressing everyday emotional and behavioral challenges so that all students are ready to learn.


Review by: Bridget Walker, Seattle University
“Focuses on clearly described, observable behaviors, then guides the reader to effective, strength-based solutions . . . a meaningful, helpful resource for educators.”
Review by: V. Durand, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
“Remarkably useful . . . guides readers through the steps needed to identify important emotional issues in their students and gives practical suggestions for helping. Every teacher should have this book!”

Table of Contents

About the Forms and Handouts
About the Authors
  1. Guiding Concepts
  2. Poor Concentration and Impulsive Behavior
  3. Low Moods
  4. Refusing School
  5. Performance Stress
  6. Problems with Authority Figures
  7. Fitting in with Peers
  8. Aggression
  9. Students Who Are Bullied
  10. Personal Boundaries
  11. Other Social, Emotional, and Communication Problems
  12. Engaging the Family
References and Recommended Reading

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