. Regurgitated Alpha Bits: Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes

So, one of our kiddos was a terror.


He was caustic.
He was lazy.
He was mouthy.
He refused to work.
He disturbed others.

I don't know what happened. We spent an enormous amount of time working with him, encouraging him, giving him a safe place to be at recess and reinforcing the behaviors we wanted to see. His parents have also consistently been giving him ADHD medication.

I don't know if it's one of these things or all of these things, but he has been behaving like a great kid kid, working harder in class than anyone else and has been for months now. Even when he forgets his medication, he's goofy but manageable. We tell him every day how proud of him we are. I tell him that he's my hero. Changes like that are not easy.

Well, today one of our student teachers from earlier this year was at school today subbing for another teacher. When she was working with our 4th graders, he made her life hell. I'm surprised she became a teacher after dealing with him.

He walked right up to her and said, "Hi Miss Walsh. Guess what? I'm a new kid now!"

And he is!

I'm so glad he knows it.

1 comment:

Cassandra Stark said...

Stories like this are so inspiring! And too be honest, a little intimidating, since I will be starting my own journey to student teaching soon and will definitely encounter students like him that challenge me! But knowing that he made such monumental changes in his own life with the help of others, and was able to acknowledge it, makes him a successful student of life! I hope he holds onto that good feeling of success, and carries it into his life for years to come, in all aspects!