Scenario for Role Play 19
Dale is a clever ten-year-old fifth-grade boy. He is very bright but hasn’t been very popular with other students. During the arithmetic period you notice a great deal of note passing. You have also heard a rumor from a student that Dale has been taking "orders" from other students of what they would like and then buying the things for them. Dale is from a very wealthy family. You ask Dale to stay after class to talk.
- Possible background information
- Behavioral causes
- Possible solutions
- Consider theories, models, or other information used to help guide your decision making
- Create a script for talking with Dale.
Student role - Dale
You are a ten-year-old fifth-grade boy, very bright, from a very wealthy family, but not very popular with other students. You have found that the other students have been real friendly with you and doing about anything you want after Doug told them you brought a magazine for him and then you brought some stuff from around the house for the others. It’s no big deal for you because you can get the stuff any time you want. It is sure great to have friends. During arithmetic you are getting notes from your friends with suggestions of things they might like when you see the teacher coming toward you.
Teacher - Suggestions
- To punish the student for their behavior would not allow them the opportunity to accept their behavior or being taught an acceptable behavior.
- Talk with the student to try and allow them to acknowledge their actions.
- Ignore the problem and work for a long term solution of teaching social skills.
- Student could be taught how to interact with other students.
- Encourage the student when they work cooperatively with peers (reinforce incompatible behaviors).
- Find a way to provide the student with the attention they desire in an acceptable manner.
- Engage the student in activities that ensure success and be quick to praise and encourage.
- Meet with the parents to discuss the problem.
- Suggest student and parent(s) visit a counselor or psychiatrist for family counseling.