I'm thinking of doing a cross country 5K on Monday morning. Never run cross country before, am I crazy? I think it might be kinda fun.
Sitting here right now watching most of my students working diligently (this is a Montessori so they get open work time) and a few who simply cannot and won't work no matter what we do, goofing off.
. I don't know what to do to get these few kids to focus on something, anything. Worse, they're distracting others and that is not cool.
We're not about punishments here, and all the natural consequences (giving up electives time to do work, getting poor marks, re-working their work plans to reflect some of their interests, etc.) aren't working. I am beside myself...these kids could very well fail the year (and not graduate middle school) and it's only the second week of school -- based on their standardized testing performance and their absolute refusal to do any curriculum work.
UGH. So irritated by it. And they have so, so, so much opportunity here to be self directed, to really control their own learning paths and topics (within certain boundaries b/c we are also a charter school and have to abide by state standards in some areas), to have freedom to explore and do their work without someone standing over them with a watch or red pen.
I find it so frustrating when anyone, even kids, waste opportunities like this.
On the humorous side (now it is, yesterday it wasn't)...as I wrote last week, ds has been freaked out by using the bathroom at school due to a fear the fire drill will go off while he's in the restroom and he won't be able to get out. We've worked through it and he will now use the bathroom. However last week one time when he clearly had to go and wouldn't, the educator took him into the back field of the school and let him go against a tree. Well, I guess she didn't explain this is a one-time thing. Yesterday I left my kids under the picnic sunshade by the parking lot with the organic co-op produce lady to get my van so I could load up my produce order. I came back (3 minutes later) to find my son peeing against a tree...and the executive director of the school walking by (my boss).
I was MORTIFIED. She went over and explained to him we don't do this at school and he looked at her like she was crazy, because to him, it was okay (based on last week). Sigh. We had to have a conversation about that one. Meanwhile, I was embarrassed beyond accounting.
Then another aggravation happened but I can't write about it now...later.