[room 113a] stubborn mornings

October 1, 2015


One of my students this year is quite stubborn. There are a medical/disability-related reason responsible for part of the stubbornness, but there is also quite a bit of taught “princess behavior” that plays into it as well. In fact, said student is so stubborn that there have been days when she has stood at the door of the cafeteria for breakfast and refused to eat. Then she’s stood at my classroom door and refused to come inside for the ENTIRE MORNING! She usually breaks down for lunch and eats simply because she’s so hungry. There was even one day where she stood at various doors for an ENTIRE DAY! Talk about stubborn!

Anyway, after some assessment, it became very clear that the reason for the stubborn behavior is attention-seeking. It’s too bad she landed in my class though because I do not give in to that kind of attention-seeking behavior. Nope. Never.

However, it also doesn’t make sense to have her stand there forever since there are some medical/disability-related issues playing into this as well.  So then, I came up with an intervention because on days where she can get through the morning routine and get herself to the carpet, the rest of the day goes fine. So, all I have to do is get her to the carpet without incident and then the rest of the day is (pretty much) set. For sure this student has speech and language delays, but I am certain she understands the morning routine and its various steps. That being said, I decided to use a visual schedule anyway not in the traditional sense, but as a method of creating an opportunity for positive teacher-student interactions in the morning (therefore giving her some of the attention she wants but in a productive manner) but not really giving into her attention-seeking behaviors.

So far the intervention has worked all three days since starting implementation … I don’t want to jinx anything, but things are looking up (at least a little)!

Visual agenda


2 Responses to “[room 113a] stubborn mornings”

  1. annalice said

    good work dajie!

  2. carlylag said

    I love this as an example of how tough it can be to see what works with a student’s behavior, but so rewarding when you figure it out. Great!

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