Year: 1998-1999
Month: October
Leader: Group A

Situation/Case Study:

We have a seven-year-old student who exhibits extreme anger and complete refusal to comply with any teacher requests when this anger overtakes him. The challenge is dealing with this child when he cannot contain this behavior. An example of this behavior is when I had to explain to this student that he could no longer bring his remote control car to school. He has a difficult time with his emotions and he became extremely upset. He told me that he wanted to go home and that he hated school. He was angry for the rest of the afternoon - tearing paper, throwing objects into desks, etc. The child plays Nintendo through much of the weekend. Behavior on Mondays is the most disruptive.

It sounds as though you fell obligated to get something going for the child’s well being. Teacher might feel at a loss because there isn’t the knowledge someone else has to use. A teacher in such an event might feel confused because they are wondering where to go next. Questioning why nothing has been done prior to this. The teacher feels confused and perplexed. The teacher feels pressure to “fix” this child quickly. These behaviors are extreme and the child may hurt himself or others if a “program” of some type with many interventions isn’t begun immediately. A teacher in such an event might feel unprepared due to the extreme behaviors/actions of the students. How do you know when to decipher the bold comments/statements? I think a teacher would feel like their hands are tied up with paper work and not having a special education label. A teacher might feel puzzled. Is the child bored? What type of discipline does the child receive at home? Teacher might question their teaching practices (strategies). A teacher feels powerless - frightened - uncertain because reactions are so severe and don’t fit the incidents. Teacher might feel limited because they’re unable to imagine solutions to the situation - there is only so much a teacher can do when he’s working with a room full of other children who also deserve attention and peace. The teacher might feel at a loss as to where to turn. You want a consistent plan of action you can follow so this child doesn’t continue to keep you from meeting the needs of other students.

Theories behind practice:

Impact on others:

The teachers might suggest that parents document what the child does over the weekend. For example, how much Nintendo, what is the child's diet? The teacher might suggest that the child have a medical exam to determine whether or not there are medical problems. The teachers might try teaching the child coping skills. Psychologist, step program.