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Students respond in emotional and unproductive waysStep 2: Identify Reasons

Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.
To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

Students are responding to course content and/or classroom dynamics in emotional and unproductive ways.

The course climate inadvertently alienates or threatens students.

The course content inadvertently alienates or threatens students.

Students do not yet possess the maturity to contribute productively.

Students are experiencing personal problems that are outside your control.

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