Easter's Lilly

Monday, May 9, 2011

Teens in trouble

I do not believe that there are bad kids, just bad choices. Most of the children who are taken out of their classes and put into an alternative situation are some of the best kids I have ever met. How is that possible?

Maybe I can identify with them a little since I have always felt that I was "misunderstood" as a young person. The fact that I had dyslexia made teachers think I was either intentionally disregarding their instruction or that I was as dumb as a post. Sometimes I was so bored in class that I would fall asleep or get in trouble for not paying attention.

My experience as a sub has taught me  that many of these students have some kind of learning challenge and become frustrated. Some of them are so intelligent that they simply get bored easily and become a disturbance in class. Some of them have family situations that are unmanageable so they turn to some other way to get attention from someone; anyone. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spend some time in their presence. Although I may teach them a little reading and writing from time to time, they teach me life lessons that are unforgettable. 

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