Lesson 10: Working With a Power-Seeking Student
The third primary human need is to feel independent and free. Students who consistently engage in power struggles are searching for ways to fill that need. Feeling powerless, they want to have more control over their lives.
Dr. William Adler, author of The Will to Power, claims that virtually every human interaction has within it elements of a power struggle. His observations ring true not only in regard to relationships between adults but also in regard to relationships between teachers and their students.
Teacher-student and parent-child power struggles are natural, normal, and appropriate– especially when our young people are moving through those developmental stages whereby they are attempting to declare their personhood. As teachers, our role is to find safe, responsible ways for our students to feel more powerful.
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