Why Students Disengage in American Schools and What We Can Do About It
Teachers and administrators don’t deliberately cultivate disengagement in students. But, unfortunately, that is often the result of many educational practices—and thus experiences—students have in school.
Why Students Disengage in American Schools and What We Can Do About It addresses the pervasive problem of student disengagement, offers a new way of understanding this problem’s cause, and provides practical strategies for fostering engagement and learning.
Authors Paul Bernabei and Kevin Brennan use the familiar tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” to convey the idea that a wolf lurks in school, with dire consequences for students. In contrast, Top 20 Training's goal is to create safe connections that cultivate a schoolwide culture of safety, trust, and connection.
Table of Contents
Part 1: A Place Called School
Chapter 1 Little Red Riding Hood Goes to School
Chapter 2 Why Do We Need School?
Chapter 3 The Who, Why, and Where of School
Chapter 4 Encountering My First Wolf in School
Chapter 5 More Than Anything Else, School Is . . .
Part 2: The Inner Life of Students
Chapter 6 The Influence of Messages and the Power of OPOs
Chapter 7 I'm Not Good Enough
Chapter 8 I'm Not Smart Enough
Part 3: Engagement 101
Chapter 9 The Fear to Faith Factor
Chapter 10 Classroom Processes: Creating Safe Connections That Foster Student Engagement
Chapter 11 Results: "Whadya Get?"
Chapter 12: Fostering a Classroom and School-wide Culture of Safety and Trust
Part 4: It's Possible
Chapter 13 Striving for a Wolf-free Class
Chapter 14 Striving for a Wolf-free School
Chapter 15 The Vocation of Teaching Students in American Schools
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