Your Stupid Dreams! (or I Didn’t Say That!)

Dear Readers,

I had to have a talk with one of my students today. She has ADHD, so I don’t have to tell you that she has trouble focusing and she struggles with producing work. She is really frustrating me, but I feel that she was put in my life for a reason, so I can’t put her in the other Resource class just to get rid of her. Did I mention that she is frustrating me?

Never-Give-Up on Your Stupid Dreams

Well, today, I had to have a talk with her about her behavior, her not wanting to do any work, and her general lackadaisical attitude. I talked to her about having creative outlets that she likes, such as drawing, writing in her journal, and dancing. It was at this point that I said, “If you don’t have creative outlets, then you’ll have bad or stupid outlets, like fighting, abusing drugs or your body, etc.

Well, she took “stupid” and ran with it. She accused me of calling her dreams stupid. I looked at her to make sure she was just kidding. Nope, she was as serious as a heart attack. I looked her right in the eye and told her that I did NOT say; that I would never call her or anyone else’s dream(s) stupid. I further explained that if anyone came to her and said that I called their dreams stupid, that that would be a lie because I have not, nor will I ever call anyone’s dream(s) stupid.

Let me just say for the record that I am an encourager; always have been.

It took a bit of convincing, but I convinced her that I didn’t call her dreams stupid. So, now I’m on a quest to let her know that she has skills and doesn’t have to resort to “stupid outlets”. I had to keep telling her all day that she has skills. At one point she started dancing. I had to tell her that that was a skill; that her ability to sketch is a skill, and that her love of animation could definitely lead to developing useful skills that could lead to employment.

We had her 30 Day IEP today that she led. It’s hard to believe that she’s only been with me for a month. She’s really made an impression.

I’ll let you know how things turn out!


10 Comforting Things Every College Senior Needs to Hear Right Now!

LPKPHOTO1. You’re supposed to be feeling conflicting emotions right now. That’s normal. Excited and terrified. Confident and completely lost. At peace with the end of your college career and totally heartbroken at the same time. You’ve had four or so years of freedom, growth, lightness, joy, and incredible education, so it’s natural that you are…

via 10 Comforting Things Every College Senior Needs To Hear Right Now — Thought Catalog

This article is a good read. I’m going to read it to my high school seniors on Monday. I’ll change a few things to make it relevant to them. I think they’ll like it.


Should I or Shouldn’t I? Part 2

Dear Readers,

Substance abuse

This post is an update for a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago regarding one of my students who I wasn’t sure that I wanted to put energy into. I was undecided at the time I wrote the post if I should go out of my way to help him because of his substance abuse problem. Well, I’ve decided that I am going to put energy into him. I just couldn’t give up on him. The main reason is that he is getting the help that he needs. That’s the biggest barrier out of the way. Now that he’s getting help, he’s back to wanting help. He just asked me the other day about helping him to pass his classes. That was one of the best questions I’d been asked all year!

So, the bottom line is that I am putting energy into him. In fact, he’s actually pretty good at analyzing Shakespeare. We’re reading Romeo & Juliet using the No Fear Shakespeare version. I wish I would have started reading the book when the English class started reading but I’ve been so swamped with the number of students I have. Next year will be better though. I’m switching back to only 1/2 of the students. I will have 9th & 10th grade only. Although I got used to the demand of having so many students, it is not something that I wish to try again. I tried taking on most of the teaching, but I definitely do NOT like it.

That’s my update. There’s nothing else to tell. Bye for now!

Resource Lab Curriculum

Dear Readers,

I’m stuck and need help! I have about 100 followers but only about 2 people comment. If I’ve helped you at all, I’d like for you to return the favor. I’m working on my Resource Lab curriculum because I didn’t like the one provided by my organization. I just didn’t feel that it was relevant to what my students needed to know.

So, here is a link to my barebones, work in progress curriculum. I have a long way to go. I could use your input on this. Thanks in advance!

Feel free to comment! I’m open to feedback. Remember to be brutally honest; not mean, just honest.