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Hi all. We have a challenging 4 year old student that has classic oppositional defiant disorder symptoms. He defies authority, wants to do the opposite of what the teachers want, even if he said he wanted to do the activity just minutes before, yells out that he wants to go home, etc. We are documenting all this behavior and will speak with parents soon. In the meantime, I was wondering what approach to take during circle. He looks around the circle and then fixes on one child and makes mad faces. So far, we have ignored this or we will say, "Everyone should be looking at me. Check your body and make sure you are in a good listening position." I don't like the fact that he is making the other children feel uncomfortable. I was thinking of having him sit in a chair outside circle but I am afraid he will make a bigger fuss. Does anyone have any experience with this type of behavior? Thanks.
flacka I had an ODD child in my K class a few years ago and it was, to put it mildly, a "challenging" year. Before I describe what I did, I will tell you that the behavior did get better but it got worse before it got better so hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride! It's all about power and I was NOT going to get into a power struggle with him!

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