–This months posts are part of the slice of life challenge from twowritingteachers.org
A power struggle; the student refuses to complete any of today’s writing work. I worry. This will set him behind on our project. He has options but he’s just refusing these choices. The student is distracted by…books. And I think: It could be worse!
A conflict; A hallway disagreement spills into the room and a tough student says, motioning toward the instigator and myself, “Can the three of us have a talk, like, right now?” He’s flustered, but honest. And I think: How incredible to be trusted to broker this peace?
A power struggle; the student struggles to work with a partner. After discussion, the student and I agree, he will do better work independently. And I think: What independence! What a wise child to see his current limitations! It could be worse.
Frustration; Students are not completing the assignment; they are taking shortcuts. One student is my son. I call from the other room: “Why did you only include 1 math vocabulary word?!” A calm but exasperated voice says, “That’s how it (the directions) sounded.” We discuss my expectations. My son replies, again with kindness, “Well you’re directions were terrible. I’ll fix it. But I’ll be the only one.” He does. He is. And I think about how lucky I am to have this time with him…how three less vocabulary words on one assignment will be fine…how I do need to upgrade my written directions. But, it’s fine.
It’s a work in progress, but I’m trying to shift my paradigm and to put things in perspective.