I know that I shouldn’t have done it, but I did. Like to hear what I did, here it goes:
As I tend to do, I am still harping on the question that I posted earlier regarding one of my students who is so, let’s say, challenging. As I write this, I am sitting at my desk during lunch time trying to figure out how I could have had more patience with,(let’s call him) Laurence, today. Today, I am embarrassed to report, I taped his pencil to the floor after he dropped it for about the third time during a ten minute period. Once he dropped it, he starts feeling around with his foot, distracting the rest of the group, and kicking me. So, I look at him quizzically.
“Umm, what are you doing Laurence?” I asked.
“Oh, Miss, I need to get my pencil,” he said.
“Ya’ know what?, ” I said. You don’t need to get it because it’s staying down there. Not only that pencil but any pencil you drop, from now on, will also stay down there. With that said, I promptly went to my desk, got the tape and taped his pencil to the floor.
I was so frustrated at the time. Now, I feel pretty bad about it. I know hindsight is 20/20, but I’m thinking that maybe I could have ignored it. It’s just that it’s been going on since the beginning of the school year and today, I’d just had enough. Please, can somebody give me some coping strategies to deal with this kid? He’s driving me crazy!!!!