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Power Struggle and How To Remove It

Often, students view teachers as having "power" over them and this perception impact their behaviour.

As teachers, however, we want students to be able to approach us without fear. So, how can we break this barrier and what exactly can we say.

Again, we use the work of Jen Alexander, through her work....."Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Your Guide to Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Environments for All Students"

For Removing the Power Struggle

  • I can tell this is important to you.

  • It’s okay to do this as long as you need to.

  • Take your time.

  • Let me know when you are ready to . . .

  • Not a problem.

  • We can try again later.

  • You’ll get it.

  • Yes, I’ll be happy to . . . when you . . .

  • I’ll get back to you on that.

  • Maybe so . . .

  • Kiddo, I care about you too much to argue with you.

  • Sounds like you want to discuss this.

  • I could meet with you during part of your work time to talk more.

  • Is that what you want to do?

  • Listening doesn’t work for me right now.

  • Feel free to write down what you want to talk about, and we can chat later.

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