Title: 12 Keys for Engaging At-Risk Students
Author: Bruce J. Stewart
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Review: 12 Keys for Engaging At-Risk Students
Teaching without passion, without creativity, and without critical thinking is really not teaching. We cannot reduce all teaching to specific skill sets and activities, without believing our karma as an interested and interesting human being truly makes a significant difference. (p. 91)
Only twelve keys? That’s what this book suggests. However, the author, Bruce J. Stewart, has provided interested educators with more than just twelve keys. Why is that? Primarily because, the astute and caring teacher looks at each student individually, assesses their needs, their strengths and their weaknesses, and works with that student to achieve the best that he/she possibly can be.
Take, for example, Josh, a difficult student with an attitude that was somewhat prompted by educators berating him for his looks, how he wore his clothes, how he projected himself. When he entered Mr. Stewart’s classroom, he was bound and determined to put yet another teacher to the test. And he did. Mr. Stewart, however, was expecting the test. Instead of responding in kind, this teacher worked around and with this troubled student. As Mr. Stewart explained, My objective with students whose behaviors needed adjustment was to implement behavior plans for students to change their behavior, rather than to stifle them. Josh, as a result of his errant behavior, had been discarded by many teachers. Providing structure and a relevant curriculum which engaged Josh, allowed him to improve his behavior and contribute to the class in a positive manner. (p. 74)
12 Keys for Engaging At-Risk Students is a treatise of examples and logical advice and solutions to engage difficult and troubled students, to make them feel that, yes they can do things, learn things and yes, they did have the potential to learn. As Mr. Stewart points out, that is the underlying principle of teaching, to inspire and to teach. This is an excellent resource for teachers and educators everywhere. 12 Keys for Engaging At-Risk Students is highly recommended by: Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews.
“I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Read Giveaway, but I promise that is not why I am giving it five stars! This truly is a powerful, thought-provoking, and very inspiring book that will stick with me for a long time. If only every teacher in America was as dedicated and passionate as Mr. Stewart. I cannot recommend it highly enough to any educator who really cares and wants to make a difference. I’ll be lending this book to every teacher I know!” – Goodreads Reviewer
“I won this book as a part of Goodread’s giveaways. This book was very helpful for me in my profession. Not only does this book do a good job discussing ways in dealing with at-risk youth in poverty, but the same principles can be applied to those who work with at-risk adults, as many of the same coping and life skills juveniles fail to learn are the same as adults. I implemented many of these keys in my cognitive behavioral group therapy classes for offenders and have found it’s much easier to control the group and see those difficult students really flourish. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this book!!” – Goodreads Reviewer
“This book gave a lot of good insight into working with more difficult students. I learned a lot about patience, effective teaching methods, and reasons behind student behavior. The discussion questions and charts summarizing information at the end of each chapter were incredibly useful.” – Goodreads Reviewer