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Four-year-old John walks into the classroom on a typical day of preschool. As the other children work in the various centers, he flits aimlessly from center to center creating a minor cyclone behind him. During storytime, he talks loudly. When requested to "zip lips and open ears", he complies for a few seconds, and then leaves the group activity to play with the clay in the art area. When he is brought back to the group, he touches others incessantly and blurts out frequently. John does not walk; he runs. He also climbs on the tables and has a difficult time following directions on the first request. When he wants something, he takes it out of the hands of another child. If the other children do not act as he wishes, he may kick or push them. Not only does the teacher feel like John is running the classroom, she also feels the other children are losing out on her attention because John is so demanding of her time.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Cathy L. Thompson


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