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Posted on October 10, 2016 1:51 am
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uDuTaV
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Needs Attention
I have a third grade student who seems to need extra attention. The problem is, when I give him this attention he opines for more. He will disturb the students around him even when I separate him from the rest of the class. When I put him in the hall, he will disturb any student that can see him. He picks fights with anyone he can. If you ignore him, he fights for your attention. When you give him attention, he pushes for more. When you praise him for good work, he is good for five minutes. Then, he wants more praise. He is my nemeses. What do I do?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 10, 2016 2:09 am

uVejeg
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It is important to track his behavior and find what works for the student. Look for patterns and see what his currency may be to help him focus on learning instead of on getting attention. Talk to his parents and see if he is the same at home. What do the parents do that works if it is something he does at home? Is he having trouble transitioning from home to school? Establish a behavior management plan and use positive praise. Make sure he knows he is welcome and cared about in the classroom. It will get better!
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uDuTaV
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He has a horrible home life. He receives no positive input. I try to supplement that in the classroom. He responds, but he still acts out. He has been know to choke other students, but when I tell him how well he is doing on an assignment, I can tell the praise has an effect on him. This poor child needs much praise.
  Posted on: October 10, 2016 2:20 am

PeQyGa
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I would do this if I were in this situation. It seems that getting to the root of the issue will be the most beneficial.
  Posted on: October 12, 2016 2:02 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 10, 2016 2:11 am

uBuDap
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Do you implement cooperative learning with your class? Maybe he doesn't necessarily need your attention, just attention in general. Find some of his interests and apply them to his assignments he can use with a group of students. Does he do well on his assignments? Is he bored with the curriculum?
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Solution 3
Posted February 27, 2017 2:36 am

Deborah Guyton
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If a student strives on attention, you need to make sure he is getting it in the most positive ways possible. Giving this student jobs like passing out papers, erasing the board or straightening up the classroom will help give him the attention he seeks while not showing him favoritism.
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Solution 4
Posted October 8, 2017 8:52 pm

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I would suggest creating an independent behavior chart. I would start with telling the student that if he can remain focused and on task during the lesson, that he can earn different rewards. Because he wants your attention, I would use lunch with the teacher as a reward. You can also use small rewards like independent reading time with the teacher during silent reading. You may also want to get the guidance counselor involved to see if they have any further techniques.
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Solution 5
Posted February 26, 2017 3:17 am

Robert Hendler
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What you need to do is give him special tasks. He needs to have some different instruction maybe pair him with some other students.
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Solution 6
Posted October 3, 2017 1:07 pm

pyGyga
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There are a few solutions. You can start by teaching him what is okay and what is not okay to say or do in a classroom. Put it on a classroom poster in the room. You can then start assigning collaborative groups so that he can work with other students. You could give specific praise saying that you like seeing him work with other students and asking questions, and that you know he has some great collaboration skills. He is still receiving praise, but it is for working with others, which will encourage him to collaborate. I would continue giving specific praise, such as "I like the detail you added in your paragraph" so it encourages positive behavior in the classroom. If the student continues to come up to you for attention, create a plan. I learned one in one of my education courses that could be of use to you: each day he gets five to ten paper clips (depending on what you think is best). Every time he comes up to you to talk or receive attention, he gives you one of those paper clips. When he runs out, he is not allowed to come up to you that day and has to wait until the next day (unless of course there is an emergency or he has to ask permission to use the restroom). Over time you can scaffold so that over weeks the amount of paper clips decreases when his behavior improves. I would also recommend a behavior management plan.

Best of luck!
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Solution 7
Posted February 21, 2017 6:26 pm

ytupyQ
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Yes it sounds like the student has a really sorry home life. Maybe try giving him some extra attention before the school day starts. Make assignments that the student feel to have a big part in. Just some ideas. Seems like he will always be a challenge student. I guess just try to make the best out of it.
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