I have a student who demonstrates many attention seeking behaviors. I am looking for the best way to manage his behavior and not let it disrupt the class. This student is a very capable student and completes all work in my class with quality. It is strange because my class is one of the only classes where he completes all work. He is not doing well in his other classes and I think it is because math is pretty easy for him. I am honestly shocked that he's learning so much and doing so well when his behavior is so bad. Here are the behaviors he exhibits: -Giving the wrong answer on purpose or refusing to explain an answer when I ask him to -Yelling out in class when he isn't supposed to: for example, if the kids are chatty, I usually say 'I'm going to start writing down names of students who are holding us up" and he will yell "that won't help!" Last week, we did one of those worksheets where they have a riddle when you finish the problems. He finished it in 5 minutes and started yelling out the answer to the riddle to the class. Today, I was redirecting the whole class when they were too loud and said "it is too loud in here, we need to stay focused." and he yelled "I know, right?" -I had a sub on Friday and she said he was yelling out random things during classwork. -He has started having loud coughing fits on purpose while I'm teaching -I tell the kids every day not to recycle their work and put it in their binder. Most kids listen. This student instead makes a big deal about recycling his work anyways. He left his papers on the floor today. I made him pick them up before his science class at the end of the day. He made a big deal about it and said he will recycle it anyways. -He had a detention with me today. He completed his weekly homework early and then loudly asked if he could recycle it (before it was put into the gradebook). I said he could put it in his binder or the turn in tray. He chose to put it in the turn in tray. -His other teachers tell me that he is sometimes proud of losing work in their class and that he throws assignments that he is still working on in the recycling bin. They also say he is proud of his failing grades in their classes. -He was pretending to talk on the phone during detention (his phone wasn't out.) He obviously wanted me to come over and try to confiscate a phone. I chose to ignore it. (There were a few other kids in my room at the time, so he was likely trying to get attention.) -He was banging his desk and coughing loudly during detention. -Throws things in class (bits of paper, etc.) -Sometimes refuses to take his hood off. He doesn't refuse anymore because I told him that if he doesn't take his hood off, he won't be allowed to wear a hoodie. But he makes a big deal about it and I have to ask him every day. He is constantly seeking peer attention. I feel bad for him because I know his home life is chaotic. But it seems like he is putting on a show every day. I seat him with the only student who will actually sit with him and work with him and they do a good job getting their work done. The social worker says that he likes the attention of being a "bad kid" and getting in trouble with the teacher. He really struggles with peer relationships and most of the other kids don't like him. He was crying in class yesterday and told me after class that two girls were calling him garbage, saying he didn't shower, etc. He was apparently bothering the girls in science class and they've been spoken to. I'm not sure if giving positive attention would work. He sometimes asks to sit independently and does a really nice job and I give him positive attention for it. But again, it seems like he likes getting in trouble with the teacher. He hasn't asked to work independently in a while. He is much better behaved and less rude when I am speaking with him individually compared to in front of his peers. Thoughts?