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Behaviors At School

"I Don't Care"

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

  • Not trying to find out what's really important for this child.

  • Failing to ask what really motivates or would motivate this student, what he/she would be interested in and would like to do, and how he/she would like to approach it.

  • Making the student's problems exclusively his/her own, and beginning to manifest an "I don't care" attitude toward the student.

  • Reinforcing this negative behavior in either subtle or overt ways.

  • Giving up on this student.

  • Getting tough.

  • Responding personally.

  • Failing to look for tiny improvements in the student's behavior or attempts to complete tasks.

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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.