Saturday, February 13, 2010
From Bad To Worse
My nightmare class has been shrinking in size, which is good. Many of the trouble makers are gone, which is also good. What is not good is that there is now room for more kids to be added to this class and what I am getting is not necessarily an improvement.
Wilbur is the latest new admit. As soon as he walked in, I smelled trouble. He didn't want to sit where I asked him to sit. I was giving an exam and I asked him to try it so I could see what he knew. He said he knew nothing, which scared me as he was coming from another section of the same class. He took his paper and crumbled it up. He disrupted all period and was generally disrespectful.
The phone number he gave me had a Maryland area code. When I tried it, I got no response. Mr. AP did manage to get his mom on some other number and she is supposed to show up on Monday after the vacation. He doesn't think she will show. He sent me an e-mail saying "I spoke to the guidance counselor, bad news. We'll talk Monday." I wrote back asking if I should hand in my retirement papers now. (I just got the answer to that and thankfully, it was not yet with a big LOL!)
What bothers me the most about this class is that there is a handful of kids who want to learn and who could learn under different circumstances. If I was in charge of programming I would separate these kids into two groups, one who wants to learn and one that doesn't. I wouldn't even mind the crazy group, as long as they were all crazy and no one who wanted to learn would be kept from learning. Years ago,when I taught special education, we had classes for emotionally handicapped kids. These classes were difficult, but all the kids were similar in behavior and the class was teachable. Today, they are all mixed and no one is learning, at least not in my room.