Batman’s, where’s Robin? Well, although I didn’t ask Batman, I did ask my assistants that question about one of my students, Robin, who walked out of the class and was M.I.A. as I was in the process of suspending him from my classroom for the day at 8:30 (yes a.m.)
I didn’t let him in the classroom because for the past week (not an exaggeration), I have had to send him out of the classroom before recess (9:50 a.m.)
Since I had to finish testing the third graders, I did not want any disruptions. He had already told my new assistant that he wasn’t going to be good today. Whenever he doesn’t want to do work, he’ll tell me and my assistants that he’s not going to do it and he won’t.
So when he decides that he wants to do no work, I decide that he can do that somewhere else because not only does he not do work, he disrupts the class to the point where no one else can do anything. If he’s not getting the attention he feels he deserves, he will get it anyway he can; whichever way he can.
I spoke with the school psychologist who advised me to let him do whatever he wants to do to calm him down.
Are you serious????
That is sooo not my style. That was such bad advice. I think that that defeats the whole purpose of having rules. It cuts into my authority and it is just not my way of thinking. So, of course I chose to ignore that little piece of advice.
Yesterday I sent him to the teacher next door. He lasted 10 minutes before she had to send him out because he was doing the same thing. She told me that he was so disruptive that her children couldn’t even hear her because he was demanding all the attention.
I am sick of this situation. In my opinion, he is not in the right setting; in his least restrictive environment (LRE). When I have to send him out everyday (not an exaggeration), there’s definitely a serious problem.
Whenever I send him down to the office, he’s right back up twenty minutes (not an exaggeration) later doing the same thing. One time he decided that he wanted to walk on the desk. So he did. Of course, he was sent home.
I am tired of this situation. Even though there is less than a month left in school, I am not going to put up with foolishness. I want a peaceful last month of school.
Let me just mention that this behavior is not part of his disability. He just wants to do what he wants to do. If it was part of his disability, I would definitely be more gracious and patient with him. Since this is just a problem of lack of discipline and home training, I choose not to let him do it.
I will continue to do so until there is a change. If I let him run the class, who will be the next? These kinds of things have to be dealt with. So, I am dealing with it.
Thank God there is only about a month left in school!
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