Our most vulnerable children are often our most challenging students. They need care and connection, not condemnation and exclusion.
This is my mantra – I might as well make the first post the one that drives everything else!
Children who live with violence, rejection, neglect, anger, unreasonable demands, poor models, erratic management, abuse or trauma are often distressed, angry, unable to concentrate, make friends or learn easily. When we only look at what they are doing or not doing we may not be focusing on what they need. Responses in school make a difference to what happens to their future.