EdA2Z2016 – Fear

Student:  “Ms. Lyons, someone is talking stuff about me.”  

Teacher: “How do you know?”

Student:  “Someone told me.”

Teacher:  “Who told you?”

Student: “_______ told me.”

Teacher: “Now what?”

There is so much that today’s adolescents deal with on their journey to be educated.  Sometimes the classroom doesn’t feel like a ‘safe’ place – not because of the teacher. It has to do with the interactions amongst themselves and what the teacher is most often unaware of.  Many students live in FEAR because of being bullied.

I called a meeting today to settle a dispute between a group of girls who have been rumored to have fight planned soon – to “jump” a girl.  We started with a casual discussion about community and where each of the started in Elementary school.  Then, I asked trust and loyalty.  If they trust me, I will do the same for them.  That means honesty.  They were open about the things they had said and done towards one  another. There were apologies and more importantly they asked if they could come back and do this again.  

I committed to a once a week ‘sit down’ with the girls.  I was extremely proud of them!  

EdA2Z2016 – Desire to…

As a teacher, I wish I could walk in the classroom and impart knowledge and students get it right away! I wish I could see their reading Lexile scores go above and beyond grade level with nominal effort on my part.  I wish that when I asked questions, there would be a sea of hands waving in the air – anxiously desiring to answer my questions.

I simply wish that a higher percentage of my students possessed the DESIRE to learn.

The reality is so much deeper.  What do they have to look forward to? What inspires them to desire education? Who are their role models? Why would reading literacy out trump their basic need for nurturing and safety?

As a teacher, I must move away from wishing and deal with reality.  It’s tough…