The Bad Kid


“She’s/He’s just a bad kid”


Dig deeper.


Have you considered:

Maybe you just don’t know how to teach him?

Maybe he has a trauma experience you know nothing about?

Maybe he’s misdiagnosed?

Maybe he’s undiagnosed?

Maybe he’s undermedicated?

Maybe he’s overmedicated?

Maybe he has mental health issues?

Maybe she can’t focus in this environment?

Maybe your low expectations are impacting her performance?

Maybe you just aren’t that reinforcing?

Maybe this material is beneath her ability level?

Maybe this material is far too challenging?


“Bad” is a lazy word meant to signal a conclusion, where further data, analysis, assessment, and modification of strategy is clearly needed.

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