So very much of what you do as a teacher has absolutely nothing to do with your subject matter. Today started with a mother telling me her child didn't want to come to school (actually hit her when she was getting him ready) today because the girls he sits with are mean to him. Would I move him? I told her I would watch things closely today. I told her boy to tell me when it happened. When talking with my aide I find out that she had to move the boy yesterday at lunch for calling other people mean names! I talked to the the child several times today...he could not name the girls, said it happened at daycare, said they were at his house being mean to him....What is going on?
I have another little girl that has decided it is better to pretend not to know how to do anything. She LIKES to have to work with you one on one. I made her write 2 sentences with almost interaction with me and they were GOOD! But the "fight" that came before just wears on your soul.
I have one that screamed her way to a sore throat and a "sick" ticket home yesterday. She is autistic and does have trouble expressing herself, but she knew how to work that just fine. As soon as mom was called she was better!
I have one that since the very day he turned 6 about a week ago has been a different child...and not in a good way. Something going on at home???? He says no.
I have one that told us Monday that his dad died. Tears in his eyes....sad. Dad picked him up from school the next day. It is a divorce situation that isn't going completely smoothly.
Do they teach you about what to do with this stuff in college???? Not when I went. Granted that was back in the dark ages! Some days I feel like I get it right and the child is better off for the time spent with us, but other days, I just don't even know what to say...or do...so, I just try to teach.