03 September 2010
Week One in the Bag
One of the biggest things I can say about taking over a classroom for the first time is that communication is everything! I am expecting to have a completely different week next week because of a single understanding that I have now, as opposed to before the school year began. That understanding was simply how hard to push a very... very difficult student. in my eyes, the plan can be flawless, but without a clear strategy, there is no clear understanding about implementation. My question was whether the behaviors he was presenting was a matter of him needing time to adjust to an increasingly familiar place (new school), or if it was a matter of direct, immediate, and absolute behavior modification from the outset. in other words, do I give him space, or do I become his drill sargent. Drill Sargent I can do... Letting a student (regardless of diagnosis) bite me and scratch me to the point where I'm bruised and bleeding I do not do well. Next week will be a better week. A long weekend, a renewed strategy, and hopefully one more body to help manage the other students in the afternoon. Next week can only be better.