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Behaviors At School

The Nonparticipator

Behavior: Specific attitudes and actions of this child at home and/or at school.

  • Isn't learning.

  • Falls farther behind in class work every day.

  • Displays varying degrees of boredom and indifference. These are the first signs of nonparticipation.

  • Fails to bring materials to class or to turn in assignments; becomes preoccupied with other interests. These may be the first overt clues.

  • By and large, just sits in class and does nothing.

  • Wants attention; actually hopes for teacher attention.

  • Suffers from three personal voids: safety, esteem, and self-actualization.

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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.