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Behaviors At School

The Agitator

Mistakes: Common misjudgments and errors in managing the child which may perpetuate or intensify the problem.

  • Openly and publicly accusing certain students of being agitators.

  • Failing to see the real fear of being discovered that underlies the agitator's behavior.

  • Believing the agitator's actions are directed personally toward us and, therefore, reacting personally toward the agitator and his/her behavior.

  • Getting into an argument, causing division among the class.

  • Issuing punishments to the group, causing strong student reactions.

  • Jumping to the conclusion that the agitator is responsible for a current situation, based on past history.

  • Overreacting to all incidents of criticism and calling them agitation.

  • Making threats to stop the behavior and backing ourselves into a corner.

  • Feeling that "I must have the last word if I am to be the winner."

  • Becoming involved in a power play.

  • Openly confronting the student in class. This action can only cause serious difficulty for all. And our concern about losing respect may readily become a reality.

  • Accusing a student too harshly and/or in the presence of class members.

  • Playing detective, and acting unfairly when we aren't able to pinpoint the culprit.

  • Attacking the followers rather than confronting the agitator.

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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.