- Series: J-B Ed: Reach and Teach
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118898575
- ISBN-13: 978-1118898574
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You're At It, All the Others) (J-B Ed: Reach and Teach) 1st Edition
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"I wrote Lost & Found as a followup to Lost at School...it provides a lot of the technical information that I couldn't include in Lost at School, along with commentary from educators who've been implementing the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model in their schools. I really wanted to make sure their voices were heard. They make it clear that transforming the ways in which we treat our most vulnerable students is not only doable but also absolutely crucial." -- Ross Greene
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This paragraph in “Lost & Found” might be the most insightful and powerful paragraph I’ve ever read. This paragraph sums up the life my husband and I are currently leading when it comes to our child. In one of the most frustrating, worrisome and stressful situations I’ve ever experienced - “Lost & Found” gave me some hope. Hope that my child’s behavior is not due to choices made, or personality issues – but because of a lack of skills to cope with or process certain situations. Dr. Greene posits that “Kids do well if they can. …if the kid could do well, he would do well, and that if he’s not doing well, he must be lacking the skills to do well.”
He also notes that rarely, if ever, do the punitive actions taken by schools help the situation. They remove the child from the situation briefly, but when s/he comes back, the situation is still the same, if not worse.
He gives advice on using a tool called ASLUP (Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems) so that teachers and parents can best identify where skills need to be taught that then will help change behavior. It is very detailed and in depth and really gets to the heart of issues.
School is out for the summer (thank GOODNESS) – but when it is back in session – I hope to be able to use this advice and that tool to make my child’s school life dramatically better.
The process involves (possibly) collaborating with other teachers to find out when and where a student has lagging skills (may only be with one teacher), then empathizing with students to learn why those skills are lagging (may be for a reason unthought of), defining adult concerns, inviting collaboration on solutions so students take ownership and learn how to problem solve. If many skills are lagging, then some may need to be prioritized, and sometimes failed solutions need to be reviewed to find new ones.
While it may seem that the various processes take more time than simply writing a note home, sending the student to the principal's office or to detention, those quick "fixes" will not always result in long-term results, and could even cause more problems. By utilizing Greene's ALSUP system teachers are proactive rather than reactive, and students feel more cared about than punished.
There are numerous examples, charts, and web links to help the core group members utilize, teach, and use the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions. Eventually more teachers should be able to utilize the tools on their own, but for those who are used to more punitive measures then a core group is there to learn the ins and outs of the CPS system and make sure that teachers utilize it properly. There are also enough pages throughout the book to fill a chapter with testimonials about the system. While not necessary to read to succeed, there may be some helpful tips for the core group.
I suggest that educators who find their current disciplinary system is not working pick up this book to read over the summer and see how they can start implementing it during the new school year. Results, as with any system, will not come overnight, but if the ALSUP and CPS systems have worked among youth in prison, then surely they can help with behaviors found in our schools.