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Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

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The Class Clown


  • Continually disrupts others with wisecracks.

  • Will do or say anything to be in the spotlight.

  • Doesn't know when to stop.

  • Has a smart aleck response for everything that happens.

  • May even enjoy the attention of being reprimanded.

  • Actually quite funny at times. This is a reality a parent should not overlook.

  • May be very bright.

  • Won't quit until he or she gets attention. Behavior cannot be ignored.

  • May be popular and gregarious.

  • Physically and mentally active.

  • Usually is emotionally immature.

  • Bothers other children—touching, grabbing, etc.

  • Not really a leader; may actually be a loner.

  • Too busy clowning to get work done.

  • Very peer conscious.

  • Clowns to cover up for poor performance.

  • May be hyperactive.

  • Tries not to be serious—makes a joke out of everything.

  • Very insecure.

  • Often unprepared; doesn't take books or supplies to school.