John R. Frew has worked in education for almost fifty years and during that time has operated in a wide range of schools and specialist settings. He was appointed as foundation principal at a secondary school for students with conduct disorder and oppositional disturbance where he served for ten years. During his time at the school, John researched and studied the causes and interventions for dealing with these children. While there, he wrote three publications that supported other workers in the field. These included:
• Back on Track – a goal setting program for dysfunctional students
• Taming Anger – a series of worksheets for students to deal with their anger
• The Classroom Management Program.
John finished his career in mainstream secondary school as a principal where he has continued his work in dealing with students with severe behaviours through his consultancy practice, Frew Consultants Group, which provides support for teachers and schools, especially those who struggle with children having dysfunctioning behaviours. He has produced over 120 regular free newsletters of teaching tips for all school staff.
Since retirement, John has released further two books of essays, The Impact of Modern Neuroscience on Contemporary Teaching and Insights into the Modern Classroom that discuss various aspects of teaching damaged kids. This latest book, Neuroscience and Teaching Very Difficult Kids is designed to be a guidebook for practicing educators in all school settings.
Teaching students whose behaviour is so ‘out of control’ is a challenge faced by all teachers in modern schools. Contemporary approaches have focused on dealing with the presenting behaviours and attempting to control those. This approach may deal with the problem in the short term but creates ...