Troubled Hearts, Troubled Minds gives us a refreshing perspective from a teacher who has actually walked the walk and doesn't just talk the talk. A true expert! Drawing from his years of experience working with -˜troubled children', Nelmes is able to use anecdotes and real examples that focus on the reasons why children challenge their teachers and the education system.
Without making excuses he skilfully explores how children's anxieties, their traumas and their environments can manifest themselves in seriously challenging behaviour. He then explains how, after years of reflection, learning and soul-searching, he is able to deal with these disturbances and make a real difference to the lives of the children he has taught. Using real-life stories and examples from schools where he has worked, Nelmes draws upon the -˜nitty-gritty of practice' that so brilliantly frames the work of teachers dealing with their pupils' social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.
This is a book that should be read by any Ofsted inspector charged with inspecting an SEMH school, pupil referral unit or alternative provision setting, and by any teacher who has ever encountered challenging behaviour in the classroom. Troubled Hearts, Troubled Minds will restore your faith, help explain those dark moments, reinforce the reasons why you choose to do the job you do, and encourage you to continue.