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Introduction Vincent is a Primary five student. Both his parents work and he had minimal supervision at home. After school, he will go home and play computer games every day before his parents return. Although his parents are not divorced, Vincent has revealed that they are constantly quarrelling with each other since he was Primary three. His father was addicted to gambling since then and they often have heated argument over finances. Besides verbal fights, Vincent had also witness a few incidents where his father abuses his mother. Being the only child, his mother placed high hopes on him. His mother keeps nagging at him to work hard. Last year, when he failed his examinations, his mother sent him to his grandparents’ house during the December holidays. However, he spent his time mainly reading comics and playing on his mobile phone, but not studying. Displaying aggressive behaviour In school, he interacts poorly with his peers. His classmates always call him a bully as he is always aggressive to others. Not only he speaks vulgarities and scolds them unreasonably, he often pushes his way through the corridors and in the canteen when others are queuing for food. He also threatens to punch his classmates if they were to make comments about him. Furthermore, whenever his teachers raised their voices at him when he did not complete his homework or did not hand up consent forms, he will scream back at the teacher. There were incidents when he threw chairs at his teacher when the teacher shouted at him. He also has the tendency to flip the table when he refused to perform tasks during the lessons. Giving up on studies His grades had been falling since Primary three. Ever since he gets F grade for his examination, he gave up on studyi... ... middle of paper ... ...ive responses were favourable and effective, and Vincent continued to behave so. To resolve Vincent’s poor social problem-solving skills, it is necessary for the teacher to provide opportunities for Vincent to learn appropriate strategies. Social problem-solving skills can be learned through observation, reinforcement and personal experiences in various situations (Huesman and Eron,1989) His teachers can provide many opportunities which allows Vincent to work together with his group mates to complete projects. These provide an excellent opportunity to teach communication skills, prosocial behaviours, and conflict negotiation skills. (Tan, 2002) When Vincent faced problems through these interactions, teacher can encourage him to discuss problems through peer mediation. Teacher should also reinforce positively when Vincent is able to resolve conflicts positively.
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