Today a young man came to school.
No big deal…
That happens every day…
That’s where he should be…
…is not an average kid
…has behavior issues
…is average. If average is high-risk.
…you ask (shrugging your shoulders).
Today a young man came to school
and he inspired me.
He came in…
…completely out of dress code
…and after walking maybe 3 miles toward
Nashville and turning around
and coming to school.
Not home, to school.
Where he felt safe.
An alternative program
where he had been for about 3 weeks
I spoke to him as he came to my class.
Asking if he…
…was going to be able to work
…would be any trouble
His voice – it broke as he responded.
And my heart – it broke as I listened.
You could hear…
…in his voice.
He looked like a cornered animal.
He reacted like an abused dog to attention.
I told him…
…he made a good choice coming to school
(not the myriad other choices he could have made)
…some days we must focus on the small, minute-to-minute decisions
(not the big decisions)
…some days we rejoice at getting through it step-by-step
…that I enjoyed having him in class because he works hard
…I was proud of him for making the right decisions this day
…I had faith in him and knew he could keep it up
He came in and worked hard
At the end of the day he left…
…with a smile
…shaking hands with teachers
I hope he returns tomorrow. He said he’s moving to Nashville.
I never tell my students I’ll miss them…
…but I do.
Today a young man came to school…
…he didn’t have to, but he did
…and he inspired me
…and he taught me
I don’t know where this came from or who wrote it originally. If you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit. I found this in the first school I taught at in (of all places) the bathroom. But they are true statements. If we can be proactive as teachers in these areas and answer them before they arise, most misbehavior in classrooms will simply disappear.
This school year we had to switch our schedule around. We receive students from about 5 different high schools. Four of them are on block schedule. But one of them decided to switch to periods as a “pilot program” (as if you really need a pilot program when the district has already done it previously and when half the nation is on periods as well). Because we have to serve students from all the high schools, we have to have periods and blocks. So we are divided into 7 periods + lunch / character ed and 4 blocks. 1st & 2nd period = 1st block, 3rd & 4th period = 2nd block, 5th & lunch = 3rd block, 6th & 7th period = 4th block. Additionally, I had all new standards for all my subjects (5 preps). This has been a very trying year for me. I had created a MS Word document for 4 blocks that I used prior to this year. But I couldn’t use it for 5 preps this year. I really didn’t have anything & I was growing frustrated. I don’t like to use just paper copies. I prefer to create my weekly planner digitally & then print it out and then make modifications as needed.
This last weekend I finally managed to create a 5 subject weekly planner on one sheet of paper. It does not have much room to write things, but can be used fine digitally. I offer it here for you if you should need one & like mine.
Weekly Planner Master Copy (MS Word .doc file) (requires downloading two fonts: Univers-Light-Light & CG Times)
Weekly Planner Master Copy (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)