Scenario for Role Play 27
Robin is a good student and very popular. She is an honor student and is encouraged by her parents to become involved in all school activities. In addition, Robin is very active in social groups outside school. Recently, her assignments have been turned in late and are of poor quality. Yesterday you talked to Robin and she apologized for the quality of her work and stated she has been just too busy. She also commented that her mother feels "it’s not as important what you know as whom you know." You assumed the apology meant she would work harder. Today Robin’s work was worse than yesterday’s work. You decide 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 Robin.
Student role - Robin
You is a good student, very popular, an honor student, encouraged by your parents to become involved in all school activities, and to be very active in social groups outside school. Recently you have been too busy for school work but it is all right because mother says "it’s not as important what you know as whom you know." Lately you think mom knows what she is talking about. You know that Ki won the art contest and his entry was not near as good as some others. You know that Ki’s mother is an artist and a member of several art societies. You believe that is why Ki won. You also know that some high school kids who have parents on the school board who are treated differently than some other students who last year didn't get the same treatment because their parents aren't as influential in the community. So why should you work so hard in school when knowing people is more important.
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.
- Punish the student for their behavior and tell them to get the work done.
- Use behavioral modification strategies with the student (Premeck principle, token economy, contract...)
- Talk with the parent to try and allow them to acknowledge their actions and the eventual consequences of these actions on their child.