Dr. Nancy Rappaport on "Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students"

May 8, 2012

On this edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a noted child psychiatrist and author. Dr. Rappaport, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is the co-author of a new book called, "The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students" (Harvard Education Press). This book --- written with Jessica Minahan, a behavioral analyst --- is based on an academic collaboration dating back nearly a decade, and is aimed mainly at K-through-6th-Grade educators but will have much to offer parents, as well. (Especially parents with kids within that age range.) "The Behavior Code" reveals the authors' systematic approach for deciphering the causes and patterns of difficult behaviors; it also offers many useful strategies for getting students back on the track to learning. In the latter case, this book also provides user-friendly worksheets and other helpful resources. More information on "The Behavior Code," and on Dr. Rappaport's career, can be found at this link.