“Student Connections”9.21.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

Today I told the same kid the same thing I have told him for the last five years. I have known him since Kindergarten, and there have been a variety of approaches to gain his trust, get his cooperation, and to get him to realize his behavior will hurt him in the future.

I became frustrated with the student because most of the behavior is done for attention. The misbehavior was not anything worth calling a parent, sending him to the office, or removing him from the class, but it was behavior that makes it difficult for him to attend to his own work. This behavior also distracted others from being able to read and stay focused on the lesson today. Like I said, this is the same behavior / personality he has shown since a kindergartner. I feel it will change …. I hope it will change … I think he can change …. but it’s still difficult.

After our last conversation before his class left, he shook his head and said, “Yes sir, I understand.” Then within 20 seconds, I saw him doing the same thing in the hallway while the teacher walked the class down to the room. As soon as I shook my head about his behavior, a young lady said, “Thanks for reading us the book!”

I just said, “You are welcome!”

I walked back into the library thinking that the kid with the behavior issues will eventually change his ways, or someone else will be able to connect to him better than me. My plan is to keep working on the misbehavior, as well as making sure I connect even more with the students who are behaving.

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