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How can teachers identify children who are at risk for aggressive behavior?

Michele Borba
Psychology
The signs of a troubled child are subtle, but predictable. We can begin to spot those signs in kids as early as six or seven. We must tune in closer to "at risk" kids, especially to "marginalized" youth. These kids typically are not troublemakers. They generally do not participate in activities or attend school events. They usually are not connected to a particular teacher or seek out help from a counselor. Because they often isolate themselves and don't make those waves, they can easily be overlooked.

Educator lesson: Watch for kids -- especially boys -- who are socially isolated, withdrawn, victimized by peers, or "affect hungry." Boost adult visibility in congregated areas such as school cafeterias or gyms and look for loners or kids who appear marginalized. Watch also for "who isn't there" at school events and activities. Then start discussing as a staff "Who we might be overlooking." List your vulnerable students. Assign a staff member to seek that child out at least once a day -- even if it's to pass on a smile or a quick, "hello." One caring adult can be enough to make a transformational difference on a student life.
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