A student who constantly brags

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  1. minnie

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    I teach kindergarten and I have a students in my class who is the oldest, most athletic and smartest. And he knows it. He brags all the time but not about being smarter or bigger. He just brags constantly to having lots of money, going to cool places ALL the time (which isn't all true because I know his parents) and to be honest, its so annoying. I don't know how to tell him to stop bragging all the time especially because he is in kindergarten. He'll say things like "I went to Rush Air Sports 50 times this weekend!" or "I got $90 from my mom. She gives me money all the time." By the way, he's very focused on money. He is always talking about how much he has and asks me all the time how much the computers cost.

    Anywho, what is an appropriate way to tell him "Stop the bragging!"
     
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    Is it bothering his classmates? If not, I'd just let it be, and laugh to myself every time he tells a new "story". Most kids probably see through some of these things anyway.
     
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    I might also ask him, "Did you really go to Rush Air Sports 50 times? Or is that what you wanted to do?" He may not realize he's exaggerating.

    One year the stories in my grade 1 class were so extreme I put parameters around what they could share during show and tell:
    1. The events in the story had to be safe (i.e. Can't tell the class you did a ramp jump over your house on a quad).
    2. The events in the story had to be true (i.e. Can't tell the class you did a ramp jump over your house on a quad).
    3. If your story is unsafe, I will be calling your parents to tell them that you are not safe with your (bicycle, quad, GT, you name it) and you shouldn't be allowed to drive one.

    That put an end to the stories pretty quickly!
     
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    This is a good idea.

    Also, you might try a noncommital response, like "hmmm" or "I see" and then changing the subject. Basically, not giving him attention for his stories when they are obviously not true, since exaggerating could be an attempt to get more attention: "50 times? No way!"

    Then, when he's telling an honest story, ask a quality question to provide reinforcement. "What was your favorite part about your trip?"
     
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    Great ideas! Thank you! He really is a sweet boy but it's just getting on my nerves. He also tries to "one up" everyone. So if someone got a cool toy or went somewhere, he'll say "I got 10 of those" or "I go there all the time."
     
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    Oh cool! We need 9 more of those in my classroom...I'll go call your Mom right away and have her bring them in!

    j/k
     
  8. TeacherNY

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    LOLOL I wonder what he'd say to that!!!
     
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    Hahaha! Rainstorm, I am totally going to say that next time.

    On Monday, though, I always ask my class what they did over the weekend. I asked my bragger and he said "I went to Pump It Up." It's a bounce house place that's been closed for about a year. So I said "really? That place closed down." And he said "oh...yeah" with a sheepish smile. Then I said, "what did you REALLY do?" And he started telling me about the super bowl party his family had. :)
    I wasn't trying to be mean or anything. I mean, they're kindergarteners. They say stuff that's not true quite a bit. But this little guy is over the top sometimes and then brags about it to his classmates. Lol.
     
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    So annoying!
     
  11. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    Sounds like he's looking for attention or longing for a life he can't have. Although he's in kindergarten, children tend to realize the state of their lives early on.
     
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    He's just in kindergarten, so who's to say how he'll act when he gets a little older? It doesn't sound like a serious issue to me in such a young child, so I would just let it slide. He's not fighting or actively lying or destroying property or stealing, so can't he have his little fantasies?
     

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