I don't understand how one spirit can HIJACK a whole class!!
For the past 3 weeks one of my students has been on a superintendent suspension -- which means he has to serve his suspension at another school. He wasn't suspended for all the wild and inappropriate things he did in my classroom, he was suspended for hitting the principal.
The suspension he was supposed to fufill was for 5 days, but because his mother never took him to the suspension site nor did she show up to the suspension hearing, the consequences he recieved was an additional 10 days suspension. His mother kept him home the entire time. [I don't even plan to speak on this]
Now this little boy comes back to school today not at 8:00am when school starts, not at 9:00am, not at 10:00am, but at 11:20 am! Half the school day was over.
When I seen him I was delighted, like when you haven't seen a relative for a while. I felt this way because I do care about him and I haven't seen him in a while, but I was not HAPPY to see him at all.
I feel like a horrible person to have said that, especially because I'm his teacher and it seems like his family has no concern about his well being. But I can't deny the pleasure I've enjoyed teaching my class without this student for 3 weeks.
My class atmosphere has been very calm and serene.
My kids have been very supportive of eachother, they've been working better with eachother, they haven't had fights in class, they've been following the rules properly, I haven't had any complaints about behavior from the cluster teachers (library, reading, art, gym, computer) and I haven't had a need to raise my voice.
In all honesty, I've enjoyed teaching the most these past 3 weeks then in my whole year of teaching.
I didn't realize why until today.
This boy was back and disturbed the equilibrium that had been established in my class!
It was horrible!!
He was with the class from 12:10 until 1pm and he kicked a student, punched a student, walked out of the classroom 3 times, banged on the door, lied to the principal about his whereabouts and was sent home.
While he was in the class, 3 of my students started exhibiting a relapse in their behavior.
Oh no no no.... I was NOT having that!