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Publisher's Summary

From the renowned authority on education and parenting, "an in-depth approach to aid parents and teachers to work together with behaviorally challenging students" (Publishers Weekly) - now revised and updated.

School discipline is broken. Too often, the kids who need our help the most are viewed as disrespectful, out of control, and beyond help, and are often the recipients of our most ineffective, most punitive interventions. These students - and their parents, teachers, and administrators - are frustrated and desperate for answers.

Dr. Ross W. Greene, author of the acclaimed book The Explosive Child, offers educators and parents a different framework for understanding challenging behavior. Dr. Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach helps adults focus on the true factors contributing to challenging classroom behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk kids.

This revised and updated edition of Lost at School contains the latest refinements to Dr. Greene's CPS model, including enhanced methods for solving problems collaboratively, improving communication, and building relationships with kids.

Dr. Greene's lively, compelling narrative includes:

  • Tools to identify the problems and lagging skills causing challenging behavior
  • Explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids and reduce challenging episodes - along with many examples showing how it's done
  • Practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among educators, parents, and kids

Backed by years of experience and research and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid (and their classmates).

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Ross W. Greene (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Excerpt from “Across the Great Divide” by Kate Wolf © Another Sundown Publishing Company, used with permission.

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Fantastic book for anyone who works with children.

I find myself talking about this book a lot. Made me rethink my ideas.

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Highly recommend

Very informative and enjoyable to listen to. Loved the realistic scenarios and practical strategies. I listened to this book at x90 speed to absorb the valuable content. Highly recommend for teachers working with challenging kids.

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Brilliant

A groundbreaking philosophy and approach to behaviourally challenging kids that is so desperately needed in our schools, homes and society.

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A must read for all teachers

This books gives some extremely practical examples along with the theory behind it. I will be reading over again and sharing it with those in the classroom.

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Paradigm shifting

I LOVED it and have recommended it to my colleagues and to my friends who have children and anyone I know that works with children. I had read 'The Explosive Child' first and this definitely gave practical strategies to embed and a formula to follow to engage in the collaborative proactive solutions with others.

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  • Haner Family
  • 18-03-2016

Good for this teacher!

This was very helpful to me and I will apply this in my classroom. 8 need a new strategy!

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  • AGrady
  • 11-07-2016

Interesting insights

I believe Dr. Greene captures the essence of necessary changes school systems need to make in order to truly educate our students. Facilitating academic progress and and sufficiently preparing our youth for the future entails so much more than mere math, science, social studies and reading/LA. Social/emotional development, one's mental health and relational aptitude are intertwined within academic and cognitive development. They cannot be separated, but yet schools' predominant focus is solely on academic content. Overall, this focus basically excludes aspects of what science has proven to foster cognitive and overall development. Science has proven that the primary factors in having a happy and successful life are relational connectedness and aptitude! Relational and social/emotional health require foundational skills. These skills need to be taught, practiced and then re-taunt in a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate way. That's how humans learn- through patterned repetition. Great book! I wish all schools considered this philosophy. Perhaps then societal health would improve, along with the scores of typical assessment measures.

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  • Jenizma
  • 30-05-2016

Brought scenarios alive

I have the book but listening to the reader made the characters concerns real. Very glad I listened to the audio along with reading the book. Looking forward to implementing this new way of thinking about kids thinking skills.

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  • Drsarah
  • 03-05-2016

Important and useful ideas

Overall useful content for educators and parents but vignettes were too long and drawn out.

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  • DChip
  • 30-08-2018

A must read for anyone working with kids.

A practical, hands on, easy to read book packed with valuable information. It invites one to look at the paradigm one is using to respond to kids’ challenging behavior and offers a more effective approach (a proactive and collaborative approach with proven positive results) to respond to kids’ (and their parents) struggles. Kids don’t have difficult behavior due to lack of motivation but rather because of lagging skills which can be identified and collaboratively addressed. Wish I had read this book 30 years ago when I started working in schools!

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  • Bryan Thornhill
  • 27-02-2016

fantastic book!

the author presents a very viable solution for schools that are relying on a discipline matrix that only issues punishment. It suggest that kids will make good decisions if they have the skills to do so, and if they don't, then it is our job to identify those skills and support the students in helping to develop them

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  • DoniLynn
  • 01-09-2016

Truly Transformational

This is a great book that will create a positive shift in your mindset when dealing with students/children that struggle with behavior issues. The strategies really work and are a great asset to a school community or anyone that works with children.

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  • A. Martin
  • 17-03-2016

Great information!

This book has a lot of great information, even if you're not a teacher or educator. As a parent, I found this book helpful in better understanding how to use the CPS method. The narrator was good, and it was easy to listen to.

There is not really a story.

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  • Z
  • 02-08-2018

Theory goes against the norm, but done very well.

Ross Greene goes against the norm with his views on why students misbehave, but he is very agreeable to those who have worked with difficult children. Occasionally I feel as if he does not empathize well with teachers, implying that we could be helping these troubled students much more with their unsolved problems if we dropped everything to go through his plans. However, there is strong merit to his suggestions as I have used his sentence frames verbatim and gotten results. Worth the listen for teachers genuinely trying to help troubled kids.

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  • Jenny
  • 29-05-2022

Best book on behavior management

Where has this book been all my life and why didn’t I find it sooner? Every educator needs this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-2019

lost at school - my take

Excellent book with loads of insight. Very real and does not pretend it's easy. It shows hard work pays

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-2022

must read for teachers with neurodivergent kids

fantastic book with eye opening information. I bought a copy for school and got the audio version after reading the explosive child.

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  • Mrs
  • 15-03-2022

This make soooo much sense

If you have, or work with, tricky kids THIS MAKES SENSE!

Clearly explained with great examples. I felt like every time I thought “yeah but what about…” while listening, the answer to my doubt was covered in the next sentence.

A pragmatic and empathetic approach that actually seems like it might work!

I will listen to this many times I am sure.

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  • Mrs J Cobbold
  • 14-12-2021

Overall a good read.

If you have already read 'The Explosive Child' by this author you may feel it is a little repetitive but I enjoyed the story running throughout the book which made it easier to listen to and easier to apply to real life circumstances. I feel he skims over SEN children a little and doesn't offer much in the way of alternative interventions when children have speech, language and communication difficulties. I have a daughter who has Downs Syndrome and Autism and cannot explain or articulate what upsets her so the approaches in this book aren't particularly helpful for personal reasons but I believe it would be helpful with more able children struggling in a mainstream setting. School leaders should read this and consider how their reward systems may be affecting children with those under developed (or 'lagging skills' as the author puts it) in social and emotional behaviours.

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  • Joanne King
  • 26-08-2020

Really insightful

A really interesting listen and as a parent of a child with ADHD and autism so useful

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