Scenario for Role Play 3
Benny is a six-year old first grade student of above-average ability who is an excellent student. However, he is very aggressive with his peers. He shoves, talks loudly, and even strikes if he doesn’t get his way. This behavior is very prevalent before school, at recess, and after school. Benny doesn’t act aggressively with his teacher or at home, however. You have just seen Benny take an object from another child and decide you will talk to Benny.
- 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 Benny
Student role - Benny
You are an egocentric preoperational six-year old first grader. When other students have an object with which you want to interact you do not think what the other person’s needs are, only that you want the object and you act to get it. You believe might is right. Dad tells you what to do and if you don’t he makes you because he is bigger. You’re bigger than most of the other students and you like to get what you want. Why not it’s a dog eat dog world and you need to be tough.
Teacher - Suggestions
- Talk to the student and discuss the behavior.
- The student should be informed that aggressive behavior will not be allowed.
- Teach the student how to interact with other students.
- Encourage the student when they work cooperatively with peers (reinforce incompatible behaviors).