14 September 2010
I got the privilege of being at the focal point of this morning's staff meeting. I have a difficult student who was turning into an Urban Legend because none of the staff or students have had a chance to see or meet him. My class has taken on the characteristics of a petting zoo where people wanted to come and see what the fuss was about. However, I would not have people in my classroom when a student is having trouble expressing themselves. In the staff meeting I was able to field some answers regarding possible concerns about student and staff safety with an aggressive student, and what to tell students regarding this particular student. I've gotten good feedback about how the meeting went, which is good. I'm just glad I was able to convey an understanding that this particular student is not a "bad kid", but a child who is missing the appropriate means of expressing himself.