[Student Story] Deceiver, Dissembler

Long ago, in the olden days of yore, in January, I posted about a liar-pants issue in my classroom (here and here).  Yesterday the same events started to unfold and ended a little differently.  I thought you might be interested as you dither on and on about if she learned her lesson or not…* Phone-Borrower…

[Student Behavior] Lamby-Pie

One of my little lambs does not know how to ask for attention–from anyone.  To get attention from his peers he has done any number of the following (singularly or in combination): throwing pencils tearing up paper and sprinkling on their head tearing up paper and throwing it at them clapping loudly each time they…

[Student Story] Hanging on a Telephone Wire

So, I asked what you would do in the case of a set of Pants on Fire. Thank you for the suggestions and ideas. Here is what went down: I put Phone-Borrower in a room away from everyone for awhile (if I say how long it will sound mean). I tried dialing the phone to see…

[Student Story] Pants on Fire

What is the right thing to do? Kidlet #1 is despondent.  He finally lets me know that he has let another student “borrow” his cell phone and she has not returned it for nearly a week.  He is in big trouble at home, but will only tell his mom that the phone is “lost.”  He…

November Is Over

But December has its issues, too. Today included the following (remember, this is out of 22 students): V. was assigned In School Suspension for defying another teacher on Friday and laughing, talking, and climbing a fence.  ISS at our school means the student has to sit off to the side of the rest of the…

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On days like today, I am quite certain that my little sweet-niks simply cannot hear me.  It isn’t that they cannot hear (although one of them used to have a hearing loss), and it isn’t that they have an auditory processing deficit (although quite a percentage of them do), and it isn’t that they are…

Whoopsie

This caped teacher does not know the strength of her powers.  Earlier this week I said this: “Our kids this year are not your typical punk kids.  We have many fewer gun-totin’, teacher-hitting, drug-using turkey-butts than in the past.  This year our kids border on sweet (key word–border), just don’t fit in, and just… need.”…