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RERUN Method Used to Support the Needs of Children and Parents

Chapter 6 discusses one procedure for problem solving called the RERUN process. Invent a scenario in which the RERUN method could be used to support the needs of children and parents. Include all five components of the RERUN process as listed in your text.

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I worked as a middle school teacher for 20 years in a school that was majority culture of poverty, which is indeed a different culture, with its own set of problems and its own set of rules. As educators working with families that lived in the culture of povery, we used RERUN to solve problems all of the time. I will go through a scenario explaining what we did at each step.
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It's a matter of working through a problem-solving procedure. One procedure for problem solving is called RERUN: the letters stand for reflect, explain, reason, understand, and negotiate.

* Reflect. This is the action of acknowledging what you perceive the other person is thinking or feeling. If you understand where the person is coming from, say, "I think you're looking at it this way...." Or if you perceive that the person is full of emotion, acknowledge your perception: "You really sound upset." Those two openers are invitations for the person to talk some more. People who know that their feelings and thoughts are received and accepted by you are likely to be more open to listening-if not right away, eventually. Reflect also includes self-reflection. If you can get in touch with your own feelings you may gain insights about why you have the perspective you have. Strong feelings may indicate something left over from your childhood that is keeping you from being rational about this conflict.

* When students consistently got extrememly poor grade reports and had extremely poor behavior problems in the classroom, we would begin the RERUN process by calling a meeting. And, sometimes the parents would iniate a meeting. Many times, the parents were angry, either at us (the teachers) or at their child (or a foster child.) Feelings were always strong at these initial meetings, no matter what the feelings were, whether it be anger, disappointment, hurt feelings, sadness, denial, exhaustion, or even despair. When the tension was extrememly high like this in a meeting, one of the teachers in the meeting would say, "I see that you are disappointed with Marcus." or " It seems that Marcus's behavior is causing you to be upset." Or, one of us would say, " I am sorry to have to call you into this meeting today. You sound like you are very upset." Parents needed to know we were listening and observing them with compassion. These meeting were always filled with strong emotion, and this was a way for parents to feel free to vent out some of that feeling so they could eventually listen. It was also reflective for us as teachers. WE needed to get in touch with our feelings too, so we could focus on solving the problem. It was an ongoing reflective process too, for what worked in one emotion-filled meeting was kept and used again in other meetings. Also, what didn't work might be tried again, but quickly discarded if it didn't solve the problem. Reflection was a part of our teaming process, and was a great ...

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I worked as a middle school teacher for 20 years in a school that was majority culture of poverty, which is indeed a different culture, with its own set of problems and its own set of rules. As educators working with families that lived in the culture of povery, we used RERUN to solve problems all of the time. I will go through a scenario explaining what we did at each step. This solution is 1835 words.

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