And the Oscar Goes To…..Me!

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For best sad face during a very happy moment.

As a special education teacher, I make an effort to like, care about, and enjoy all of my students. Some of my students make it easy, and some make it very, very difficult. One student in particular comes to mind.

This is the student who when asked to please raise his hand before speaking, replies that he thought it was a free country.

This is the student who while during a test, pretends to have the hiccups. Very loud and obviously fake. When asked to stop, replies that he can’t help it, while turning his head to hide his grin.

This is the student who when the hiccups stopped getting enough attention, began to say the answers loudly, but under his breath. When he grew tired of that, he began to hum.

This is the student who when you turn around to write on the board, calls you the b-word. Loud enough for the students around him to hear, but not you. When questioned, he replies that he said he had an itch.

This is the student who when being told that he was assigned detention, replied that his mamma ain’t gonna make him go. He was right, his mamma didn’t make him go.

This is the student who came up to me and told me that he was moving. Moving, to another state. And as I bent down to talk to him, an appropriately sad look on my face, inside I was dancing. A tap dance. A gleeful dance of joy.

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  1. says

    I have so been there. I have actually gone to the student’s home and picked them up for Saturday School. The parent’s face was priceless, as they pretended that they didn’t know their kid had SS. The kid had on a tshirt and PJs and the mom said he needed to get dressed. I said, why? He’ll go back to bed when SS is over. So I drug his carcass to school in his pjs. He was stunned, so was his mom and we had a couple of weeks of peace over it!

    The Oscar was well deserved.

    Judi, LOVE the quote.

  2. says

    I totally relate to this post. My little whatsit, the one who disrupted every lesson, was always late, very rude, tried to distract the others and would do no work actually moved to New Zealand last month!
    He kept saying he was going but no one believed him until one day, he went. Hooray!
    Keep up the good work.
    Alex xxx

  3. says

    I don’t know how you do it.
    Now that I am older, I understand the teachers that used to bang on our desks with yard sticks, throw chalk at us or run out of the room crying. You have a lot of patience!

  4. says

    That is so funny. At first I was disappointed that there was no picture of your sad face at the happy time, but knew if I kept reading it would be good. So happy for you. Thank you for making me laugh. And I agree with Judi’s comment!

  5. says

    I thank God everyday that there are people like you to do the job of “teaching”! There is absolutely nothing in this world that could entice me to take on that job!
    God Bless you!

    And congrats to surviving a challenge like that without being sent to prison!!!!!!! =-)

  6. says

    You definitely won the Oscar hands down. I’ve always said teachers and policemen deserve the pay that professional athletes get. I also believe you will have direct route to heaven.

    I am going to try and make your brioche tonight,

  7. says

    Sam is NOT mainstreamed, and his teachers are always putting up with this kind of thing!( Sam, the little rule monger reports it every night.. “Mom, such and such said the ‘f’ word again to the teachers.” ” Mom, so and so kicked the teacher and got suspeneded..” these children effect the other students as much as they do you, and you holding it together helps the other students to do, or learn to do the same (this has been Sam’s real trial this year.. to not try to police the actions of others. He got suspended this year for stopping a boy from picking on another student again..stopping him the wrong way, of course!) I am glad that you will have some peace in the classroom, you all deserve it!

  8. says

    This post totally hit a chord with me.

    I volunteer at a high school for at-risk youth. Most of the kids are fine,just like other teenagers, I suppose. But there are some that just don’t want to be there, but have to. They make it very hard on everyone else and the teachers. They get away with behaviors that my 6 year old wouldn’t dare try. Since it’s not my classroom, I have to just put up with it. So hard to remain objective.

  9. says

    LOL i am SO glad that you have such patience. I just sat there, staring in disbelief at the computer screen when I read about his behavior in the classroom.

  10. says

    Oh, I understand so completely! The way it usually works, though, is that the students you most want to move (or just be absent for a week!) are at school every single day for the whole year! I’m celebrating with you, you lucky teacher.

  11. says

    OMGoodness… I know the feeling!
    I deal primarily with special needs pre-schoolers and the day that one of the dad’s told me that my little couch-muncher (toy, book, paper, plasic cup, anything that isn’t nailed down muncher) would be moving on, was one of the happiest days of my life!!

    Books,cups,etc are easily replaced… but my couch and easy chair are a whole ‘nother story.
    (note to self: check ebay for armchair protectors to hide the damage)

  12. says

    Teachers are saints! I know you’ve probably heard this before, but good teachers are likely to be the only bright spots in a rotten kids life-apples don’t fall far from their trees!It might take them years to appreciate you but….

  13. says

    I can’t speak from my own experience, but my oldest friend went into teaching, originally, as she always wanted to, and taught 5th and 1st grade. In 5th, she had some truly difficult students and I can only imagine the kind of energy that must create.

    You’re a good soul and certainly should be happy that he is leaving, for the sake of the other kids. It allows you to have the kind of classroom environment you want to have and that they need to have.

    And kudos to you for teaching! I didn’t know you did that, and it’s such an admirable profession.

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