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Four Steps Model
Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

Related Behaviors
The Class Clown
The Defier
The Distracter
The Loudmouth
The Show-Off
The Smartmouth
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.