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Behaviors At School

The Smart Aleck

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

  • Makes "funny" comments that actually go far beyond humor. And the cutting effect is intentional.

  • Often rude, and usually disrespectful. Different from the smartmouth; the smart aleck's misbehavior includes both word and deed.

  • Has been overindulged by adults.

  • Tries to act superior to others.

  • Attempts to cover an inferiority complex with this type of behavior.

  • Denies, and hides from facing, the feeling of inferiority. Is fooling him/herself-and possibly others.

  • Is the first to say, "You can't talk to that teacher." Whenever this student is wrong, he/she starts talking about being mistreated.

  • Thrives on "getting a reaction" from others.

  • Seldom says nice things about others.

  • Zaps others as soon as they let their guard down.

  • Has no relationships with adults.

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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.