Several years ago now, I ran a course of one-to-one literacy lessons for a 15 year old girl, at an educational unit for young people labelled with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.
During the sessions she attended, my teenage student showed real promise as both a reader and writer. There were interruptions to the lesson series. At times she was too angry to come into the classroom. On other occasions she struggled to find the resilience needed to work at a difficulty, and left the room – slamming the door behind her.
For our final lesson together, I selected a range of my…
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