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August 2006 | Volume 48 | Number 8
My Teacher Doesn't Like Me!

My Teacher Doesn't Like Me!

Understanding and Resolving Student-Teacher Conflicts

Kathy Checkley

Search the depths of any teacher's heart, and you'll find a truth that most try hard to conceal: there are some students you just don't like.

Here's another secret: some teachers favor some students more than others. “In either situation, it's not the best for the kids or the adults that we work with,” stated Joy Bryan, an educational psychologist. She and Joyce Corbin, a reading specialist at Northampton School in Northampton, N.H., discussed this taboo subject with educators at the 2006 ASCD Annual Conference in their presentation, Students You Don't Like: How Your Teaching Is Affected.


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