There is no such thing as a “bad child”, but children do sometimes make behavior choices that are not in their best interest and that negatively impact their academic or social success:
- Students who see themselves as “not smart” often act out.
- Students who have difficulty focusing, often miss out on valuable instruction, peer discussions, or practice opportunities, which in turn may cause them to become frustrated or lead them to believe that they are “not smart”. (The inability to maintain focus is often outside their control.)
- Some students bring stresses and frustrations from home into the classroom and act out.
- Students who choose not to respect their teacher, school or the educational process are unlikely to maximize their academic success. We learn from people we admire, not from people for whom we hold no respect.
The judgement center of the human brain is not fully developed until a person reaches their mid-twenties. Children rely on us - parents and teachers - to work together for their best interest. That means that parents and teachers need to work in partnership to override the poor choices students sometimes make in order to guide students toward fulfilling their potential.