Scenario for Role Play 9


Teacher role

Brian is an eight-year old second grader. He is a well-behaved and liked by his peers. Brian has great difficulty with his reading because of an IQ just above the special education level. His mother will not give her permission to put him in chapter reading. She is more concerned with keeping him out of "that class". Brian’s stepfather doesn’t want to get involved at all. Brian can hardly wait for summer to come so he will not have to read any more. You have just finished reading a book aloud which you selected especially with Brian in mind. It was very difficult for you to find a book about baseball that you thought second graders would enjoy. You gave the students an assignment in their journal and noticed that Brian is doing nothing. You move to Brian and talk to him.


Student role - Brian

You are an eight-year old second grader. You are a well-behaved boy who is well liked by your peers. You have great difficulty reading. You and your mother do not want to go to a special class where your friends will not be. Besides you do not need to read because you are going to play baseball. You can hardly wait for summer because you get to start little league this spring and you can play baseball all summer and you won’t have to read. You just listened to a book your teacher read about baseball. You liked the story but you are not doing anything in your journal. Even though you liked the story you hate reading and anything associated with it.




Teacher - Suggestions

Suggestions to encourage change from self-limiting behaviors to mastery oriented behaviors. See Conversations to change behavior
and possible verbal interactions and interventions.

Short term

Long term


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