The next person who comes to me with the latest, newest, cure-all packaged program designed to meet the needs of all kids - fully equipped with glitzy strategies, charts, worksheets and data charts that must be utilized in a prescribed, lock-step fashion with “fidelity” - better be prepared to stand before my kids for an entire day – alone! On top of that, they’d better prepare themselves for the five hours after school that they will need to subtract from their family’s life to grade papers, call parents and plan for the next day.
I guarantee they won’t last an hour.
Because kids don’t work that way. Schools don’t work that way. There are so many variables…nothing is predictable. Much is unplannable.
Today, my morning plans included reviewing the four types of sentences and giving kids time to write their final drafts of a story they started two days ago. Within the first hour, one boy, whose life is a mess, slipped into a temper tantrum because he didn’t get seconds for breakfast. He chucked his first breakfast against the wall and shoved his desk to the ground. Counselor referral #1.
Thirty minutes later, another boy began rocking in his seat, sobbing uncontrollably. He told the boy next to him that he was having flashbacks and couldn’t stop the memories from coming. Counselor referral #2.