She's one of the kids whom other teachers look at as a lost cause or simply shake their heads and record the "0s" because they don't know what to do.
Her mother is one of those parents who looks at you, sighs and shrugs, and says "I've already tried everything ..."
I pulled her aside, twice... and told her that I could smell the smoke on her and she should stop smoking. I made her listen to my feelings about my brother who's dying from lung cancer because he smoked for 20 years.
I loaned her another book because she lost hers. Well, after threatening to hang her by her earrings if she lost the second one.
I even caught her working ahead in the next chapter.
Today, she told me she started doing my homework because I intimidate her. She's had it all for the last two weeks, and it's the first time I can say she's done it this year. I've made her sit with me in the lunchroom when she hasn't had her work and have lunch with me. After she finished eating, then I made her do the work. I've jumped up and down and bragged and hugged her each time she's handed in a paper to me. I've chased her in the hallway to make sure she's not tardy to class.
She told me today that she had told her mom she was doing better in Social Studies. Her mom asked why and she said that Mrs. B intimidates her. "She's one of those teachers who will come hunt me down on the street and make me do it! And I see her all the time so I know she'll do it!"
She's asked for my help to pass her other classes next semester.
I think I intimidate her because she knows I care. And I'm taking the time to prove it to her.
I think this could possibly be my teacher-moment of the year.
Just had to share...
Well behaved women rarely make history. -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
"You can't fix by analysis what you bungled by design."
~R.J. Light, J.D. Singer, J.B. Willett
You will be the teacher she never forgets. Teach her some new words instead of intimidate - inspire, encourage, etc.
That is incredible! The world needs more teachers like you! :P
YAY!!!! I love hearing things like this! This is when you know you are making a difference!!!
Don't you feel golden inside! They need to believe in themselves! Good for you and thanks for sharing!
Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. (Erma Bombeck)