Little kids with lots of problems are very up and down emotionally and behaviorally-ALWAYS!...this week they were much more difficult to work with. Lots of crying, lots of "he hit me!" and lots of pretend crocodile tears at the littlest perceived insult. I didn't help somebody fast enough, they cried. I insisted someone do their work, they threw their paper on the floor and cried. I firmly took the arm of one little boy and sat him down and he says, "I'm gonna tell my dad!" Wonder where he got that from!?....One little guy had a time out at recess because he was the most ornery. I was glad to see the teacher followed through with discipline, not an easy thing to do with a group of eight little kids, all boys and one girl and one program assistant. Even with three teachers in the room, these kids were still wild and out of control with their emotions and behaviors. Yet, the regular teachers continued to be patient and loving and consistent with the children.
The main teacher spends her own money every week to provide snacks for the kids and to buy materials for her classroom. Last year she spent $5,000 of her own money to provide materials in her classroom, which was a different grade level, too far removed from what she is doing this year to use those materials. This is VERY common of caring, hard working teachers to spend money they should be using for their own family budgets in order to have decent materials for the students in their classes, in order to do a good job. Schools are finding it harder and harder to provide adequate up-to-date materials for their teachers. There's just very little or no money for supplies for classrooms.
Every year I ALWAYS bought lots of books, taped books and special learning aids to help my LD/EH/Mild kids, it was just something that was needed and the kids were highly motivated with newer materials and learning aids, especially if it had to do with technology. I bought my own tape recorders and CD players so the kids could listen to taped stories. I bought lots of hands on learning aids to make reading skills more fun. I was always looking for SOMETHING to catch a reluctant learner's interest. And it helped! But not my budget. It was always out of whack!
|Nick and Ritchie
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