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misbehavior. Students with a revenge goal want people to feel as hurt as they do.
They tend to engage in behavior that they know will hurt the adults around them.
Consider Constance Molina’s experience with a student with a revenge goal.
• ‘One of my very angry and discouraged first grade students would get
very sullen when I disciplined him. Then he would catch my eye, walk
over to a young girl, and hit her in the face with his fist. I felt angry,
but also hurt that he would do that to another person.” The final goal, display of inadequacy, represents the highest level of
discouragement. These students believe that there is no hope of success, so they
give up on trying. Their hopelessness is very contagious, and adults who work
with them soon feel helpless too. 53 One of the more reliable ways to determine a student’s goal for
misbehavior is how their behavior makes you feel as a teacher (Dreikurs, 1968;
Wolfgang, 1999). As you can see from Table 10.3,...
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