A little boy…

The English classes at the school are optional for the kids.  If the kids start misbehaving, I ask them if they want to stay and they usually say yes and I tell them then need to be quiet and I move on.  Sometimes, I actually have ask the kids to leave and they reluctantly do so.  Two weeks ago, N, a second grader, was misbehaving and after some warnings, was asked to leave.  He stayed in the hall way and a few  minutes later a mother of another child, came in and she told me he was still there.  Well, I told N he could come back in.  The mother stayed in the class and waited for her daughter.  N had trouble staying quiet and was still a bit disruptive.  When the class was over, the mother told N’s grandfather and N got yelled at.  I felt so bad for this little boy. 

Two days later, N came up to me and said he was sorry for misbehaving, with a big smile I said that it was ok and told him I would see him the next week in class.  His teacher had also heard about the class and he, too, apologized for the little boy.

The following week, I got in the class and little N was getting his coat on and packing his bag to leave.  I asked him where he was going.  He told me the teacher said he couldn’t stay.  I bent down and looked at him and told him, ” I want you in class.  I want you to stay.”  He shook his head, unsure if he should stay.  I then said, “We are going to sing today, do you like to sing?”  His eyes got real big and he said, “I do like to sing.”  He decided to stay.  

He sat quietly in his see and copied pages from his religion book, but he was still paying attention.  I was teaching the kids the names of fruit.  For every fruit, N told me if he like them or not.  He likes apples, oranges and cherries, but does not like strawberries.   We sang “Apples and Bananas”  and other songs, and although N did not join in, he enjoyed the songs.

I wrote a note to his grandfather telling him that N had been so good in class and left another note for the teacher.  When I left, I saw N with his father.  His father asked me if N was really good in class.  I told him, he was perfect in class.  So good.  N beamed!  His father went on to tell me that N’s mom was working abroad to bring in enough income for the family.  It all made sense to me.  He missed his mom, and at 8 years old, doesn’t really know how to deal with it, so he acts out.  I’ve seen this before with other kids.   

Tomorrow, I have N’s class and I’m excited to see this charming little boy and I’m curious about his commentary on all things Autumn.

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One Response

  1. You are making a huge difference in Nico’s life, Melissa! Let your light shine before men so they can see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven!!!!

    Teacher view: Good job being consistent and having him leave after his warnings. He and your class know what to expect from you now and will respect you for it!! (have you established how many warnings will put them out? I tended to do “strike one, strike two”, then they were out/in timeout).

    Love you!

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