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    Communicative Intent
    By BAX

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    My suggestion would be to think about the Communicative Intent for his behaviors. Most children misbehave (or behave for that matter) for one of three reasons: Attention, Avoidance, or Control. Once you know the intent for the child's behavior then you can act on it. If it is attention, only give the child attention when he is behaving in the manner in which you approve. The other children in your class will quickly catch on and ignore him as well. If he is behaving this way to avoid doing work or the work is too hard, modify it for him to allow him to be successful. You get the picture.

    Once I started to understand this several years ago, my interactions with difficult children changed dramtically.

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