Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Why does C. act the way he does?

from my lecture notes: "repeated behavior (classroom disruptions, attention seeking) has a motivation (find it!) and reinforcement (stop it!)"

So when I have a student like C* with repeated attention-seeking behaviors, I need to find his motivation -- why is he doing it, what is he getting out of it? What is he seeing, and where does he see it, that tells him his behavior is ok?

*side note re part of the problem: his Mom uses this phrase, 30 seconds after meeting me for the first time, regarding her son -- "spawn of satan" -- should I be worried? should I be extra careful not to piss off his Dad?

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