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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 20 2008

I expected this to happen and school is getting tougher. Still, nowhere near a worst day yet, but give it some time. I have one student who is obsessed with bodily fluids and today he:
1) spit on his desk and then played with it using his fingers
2) burped really loudly 5 times
3) picked his nose and rubbed it on his neighbor
4) sneezed and didn’t cover his mouth, shooting snot across his desk and his neighbor’s desk
5) farted repeatedly and laughed hysterically, which was the final straw for me, and when I moved his desk to an isolated corner (which I HATE doing) he shouted “I ate egg salad, that made me fart!”

Also I have a student who is new to our school who can barely write his name. He can’t spell anything, he doesn’t put spacing in between in letters. When I called his mom she said that he is deaf in one ear and that is why he is so low. I asked if he had been tested for learning disabilities besides the hearing problems. She said no and was shocked when I said that he couldn’t form letters properly. She actually said to me “well you know, if you don’t use it, you lose it,” meaning that her child has not been writing anything all summer long. I was not amused in the slightest.

So, in my class I have a child who cannot form letters and put spaces between words when writing, nor can he read even basic sight words and I have a child who has a 7th grade reading level according to the SRI. This is a much larger span than my previous class. I guess I was successful last year with them, but in reading my students’ writing from this week, they are overall much lower than last years and I’m not really sure where to begin. At least behavior isn’t a major problem…yet.

We have 8 compliments on our compliment chain, and the students are LOVING it. They are also loving the mystery student and I have been able to reward the two names that I have drawn. They already like the behavior sheets I do and have been reminding me to pass them out at the end of the day. They really enjoy having a class job and can’t wait to apply on Friday. It’s taking some time, but I think that eventually they will understand my methods and we will all work well together. I got a new student today and the kids loved sharing these programs with him. He seemed kind of interested as well, which is good because I’ve heard that he is kind of difficult.

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    An Elementary School Teacher in the Show Me State

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