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Satisfied with Second Place

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The Alibier
The Do-Nothing
The Excuse Maker
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Behaviors At School

Satisfied with Second Place

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

  • Accepting second place as his/her "level" of achievement.

  • Assuming that since the student is near the top of the class, he/she is working to capacity.

  • Believing that this student is "secure" in the class setting.

  • Failing to encourage the student to compete with him/herself for higher goals.

  • Thinking he/she gets enough recognition.

  • Failing to develop a significant working relationship.

  • Believing the student's current level of achievement will continue throughout his/her schooling.

  • Talking him/her into competing against another student.

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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.