“They’re just doing it for attention.” This is the most unhelpful sentence in the behaviour lexicon.
I do appreciate where it comes from. It arises in situations, I suspect, where a child is being disruptive and there seems to be little reason behind it. Therefore, gaining attention is assumed to be the child’s sole aim.
But there’s nothing underpinning this. During my teacher training, I recall thinking that I had no idea if my job was to give a disruptive pupil my attention or to do everything in my power to ignore them. Or something else.
Intuitively, I wanted to ignore them, but I was ...