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Behaviors At School

The Agitator

Effects: How behavior affects teachers, classmates, and parents in the school learning environment and the home family situation.

  • Others are influenced to do or say what the agitator would not do or say him/herself.

  • Learning experience in the classroom is seriously disrupted by the agitator's activities because students and teacher alike are distracted from the work or discussion at hand.

  • Social experience of students in the halls, cafeteria, etc., becomes negative.

  • At times, others are led to admire the agitator's sly and manipulative behavior. Therefore, he/she is a hero to some.

  • Teacher can easily start to feel threatened and as if he/she were losing control of the class.

  • Classmates can begin to feel as if they might be able to get away with similar behavior.

  • Class may be in a continual or almost continual uproar regarding some issue.

  • Teacher influence and credibility may be reduced.

  • Teacher may lose self-control.

  • Teacher may feel inadequate. As a result, he/she can become tense and transmit this tension to the agitator and other students.

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Please Note
We are labeling behaviors, not children! For the sake of convenience, we will describe behaviors with terms such as The Whiner or The Interrupter.

Never use such labels when talking to—or about—children! Doing so could cause many new problems and seriously damage the teacher-student or parent-child relationship.