In response to Mrs. Knights Marbles, about “that kid”, I wanted to share my story.
Yes, I said it. I definitely have “that kid” in my classroom. We have all had “that kid”, and its been probably one of the most challenging years of our careers, but we always manage to pick up the pieces day-in and day-out and survive another year with “that kid”. Because we care so much about “that kid”, and want to make their year in school a successful one, we are constantly wracking our brains on how we can make a difference. Of course there are times when we are spread so thin, and we feel like we can’t face another day with the behaviors from “that kid”. Such as on Sunday night after a great weekend, or driving to school when all you have are your thoughts comsuming your overwhelmed brain, or maybe right before the bells rings, or when they stroll in 20 minutes late with a late pass in hand as they grin ear-to-ear at us and the rest of the class, we get that “feeling” in our gut, (you all know what I’m talking about!) like you just can’t even deal! However, we are all professionals, and our teacher-mode kicks in, and we KNOW we are here to make a difference for all kids, even “that kid”.
Here are some of my experiences with “that kid” and how I created a positive classroom environment for everyone. For my story I will call him “Michael”. This is not the actual student’s name.
After the honeymoon period
Time for an intervention
Training the rest of the class
Keep calm and teach on
As the year goes on
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