Tips for a Combative Teen

When a student is "combative," she's trying to communicate with you.

Though everyone is under many different pressures in their lives, teenage students are under a complex and changing set of influences, which make their experience unique. Actions, body language, and other behaviors are simply alternate forms of communication that we all use throughout our lives when we are somehow unable to communicate through language. 

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Pretty Ugly

She smiled pleasantly. No clue what I was talking about.

I suddenly had a flash of realization that isn't how I process them at all. I don't stop and think, "Oh look, there are two line notes hanging out next to each other."

I actually felt something when I saw those different intervals. It was something inside me and it didn't have to do with lines and spaces. 

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