Scenario for Role Play 25
Eliot is a sixteen-year-old tenth-grade student that walks around with a chip on his shoulder. He is of below-average ability academically and has been retained twice in his school career. While his parents seem concerned, they feel that Eliot will be like his father–"School is not his thing." Eliot has few friends and doesn’t seem to care. In fact, he just sits in class and does nothing and is extremely antisocial toward peers and teachers. You decide to talk to Eliot one more time.
- 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 Eliot.
Student role - Eliot
You are a sixteen-year-old tenth-grade student and believe no one understands you or cares about you. All they want you to do is learn a bunch of "unimportant stuff". You feel you are like your dad who never did well in school, dropped out, and is working at the plant. So you just sit in school and put up with it all.
Teacher - Suggestions
Suggestions to encourage change from self-limiting behaviors to mastery oriented behaviors. See Conversations to change behavior
- Talk with the student to try and allow them to acknowledge their actions and the eventual consequences of these actions.
- Teach the student how to interact with other children appropriately to meet their social needs.
- The student could be enrolled in a work program.
- Suggest student and parent(s) visit a counselor or psychiatrist for family counseling.
- Modify the student’s lessons.