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Behaviors At School

Secondary Needs Being Revealed


The need:

  • to have the ability to act.
  • to have control over one's own and/or other people's lives.
  • to gain authority, responsibility, and/or cooperation.
  • to have certain rights and privileges.

Students who have these needs are easy to identify. They:

  • fight decisions.
  • want a title, authority, and/or responsibility and the rewards that accompany these positions. speak out during class.
  • like to have the final say.
  • often think they "know it all."

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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.