Title: Descriptive Inquiry in Teacher Practice

Author(s): Cara E. Furman and Cecelia E. Traugh

Six-year-old Diane (a pseudonym with identifying details modified) always sits up close to her teacher, Cara, with her shoulders hunched and her hood pulled over her face. Diane often faces away from Cara. When Diane’s face is visible, her brow is furrowed and her jaw is tight. She peppers Cara with questions and requests constantly in a staccato voice but seems resistant to any response. Cara dreads coming to work to face what feels like an immobile block of hostility. She needs strategies to try and also commiseration. What can Cara do?

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