Teaching Humility

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  1. Tealsmith

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    I've got a 7th grader who is driving me and the other students a little crazy. He is an A student, who constantly brags about himself. (His grades, his intellignce, his 7 years of perfect attendance) I've mentioned the need to be humble but it doesn't sink in. His mother is about half a bubble off plumb so I don't dare bring her into it. Any tips or techniques for teaching humility?:help:
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    The School of Hard Knocks comes to mind... But we can perhaps be a bit kinder. What do you teach?
     
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    Social Studies. I know that life will eventually knock the juice out of this kid. He'll be lucky if somebody doesn't do it first. It is just hard to listen to.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    If a 7th grader is bragging too much, it smells like insecurity to me. While your instinct might be to knock him down a few pegs, this might be exactly the wrong thing to do.

    You could do exercises exploring themes regarding imperfections, depending what you teach. If you're a math teacher, this is going to be rather difficult...
     
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    Social studies? Ooooo, very promising... what is it that the class is covering?

    (I too quite like "half a bubble off plumb"...)
     
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    I had a kid like that too, he always would ask for compliments on his work. It drove me crazy! I had a talk with him and explained that his work was often good, but other kids needed the attention too. He seemed to get the message.
     

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