Year: 1998-1999
Month: October
Leader: Group M

Situation/Case Study:

The group chose several situations that showed a pattern of children shutting down, refusing to do the work, not communicating with teachers and peers. The teachers have tried to talk to the student but cannot get him to talk. He seems to be bright enough to do the work but is not interested in trying.

The teacher feels frustrated and feels the student needs to see a psychologist for special help. The school and psychologist need to work together to help him. The teacher feels the student doesn't have a "great" home life. Parents don't seem interested in the child. The teacher feels the child has no hope so why try anything because it won't turn out good. The student may be exhibiting negative behavior because he just wants to be left alone. The teacher feels the student's behavior is reflective of what is happening at home. Parents have been fighting and splitting up. Some signs of clinical depression.

Theories behind practice:

Impact on others:
Students may feel rejected, abandoned, that no one cares about him, anger, frustration, and hopeless.

Try to give the student one-on-one time to get to know him and find out what is really bothering him. Work with the school psychologist. Talk to the parents.

The group felt they had made some progress in their own minds about how to deal with this student. Several teachers deal with one individual and two other teachers have very similar problems so several found they had received help. They expressed gratitude for the feedback given by the group.