Every Wednesday I get to go to an elementary school and tutor in a special needs classroom. The kids are so cute and I usually love every minute I'm there! But this teacher I work with.... is SERIOUSLY RIDICULOUS!
A little girl finished her math test early today and got permission to draw, so she stapled a few pieces of scratch paper together and made a book about Unicorns (adorable!), and then proceeded to show her teacher her piece of work.
As a teacher, I think you have a few different options here:
1) Praise them for working hard on their test and then thank them for drawing quietly while the rest of the class finished,
2) Praise their piece of work (positive reinforcement!) so they'll continue to be creative in the future, or
3) Give them suggestions to make their work better.
What happened though, SHOCKED ME.
The ONLY thing the teacher had to say about it was:
"You are wasting all of my paper!
I had 50 sheets in there on Monday and now there's one?! Go sit down!"
AND WE EXPECT KIDS TO LOVE TO LEARN?!!!!
Emily turned around with a sad look on her face, and my heart melted. When she got closer I pulled her aside and told her how great her book was, and this ADORABLE little girl smiled and wrapped her arms around me. Then she skipped out the door with a
"See you next Wednesday, Miss T!"
I know this isn't the most entertaining blog post, but I never want to forget how upset this made me. I don't know what that teacher might be going through, or what kind of day she had, but I'm learning from this and making sure I NEVER treat my students like that (let alone SPECIAL NEEDS students).
Thanks for reading. Here's something funny...
I laugh EVERY TIME!
Life is good!