Let’s do the one word response…Rose-? Did you say thorn? Since I just got stuck with one that was my response. Roses are beautiful but they do pack a punch! This being the first cool day we’ve had in a coon’s age, I decided to check to see if the morning glories were surviving (weeds had almost choked them out earlier). Not only were they surviving they were thriving way beyond the boundary of their trellis. The beautiful creepers were choking the life out of the rosebushes!
This made me think of those students that have a few thorns… whenever anyone tries to help…someone gets poked. Why? Do they feel like they are getting choked out by the mainstream because they are different? I had a student like that this year. He made a porcupine seem cuddly. The more the class tried to help him, the bristlier he became. After my battle this morning with the morning glories, I’m pondering what was going on in the mind of my little rebel. Did he fear losing his identity? Did he just not know how to act? Did he want to stand out? Or was he just being himself, bristles and all?
This is one of the many reason why teachers should teach WIDELY! Getting out of our comfort zones to teach reading, writing, and math in many different ways while we sprinkle in science and social studies along the way. Integrating all the subjects will ignite students and help them gain success in life by showing them how everything is connected. Their interests will be sparked and much will be gained by all! Believe it or not my little rebel loved writing reports on anything from presidents to pandas! He also loved writing his own math problems and sharing them with the class. Did he lose his thorns? Let’s stay in the real world. Did he poke less, oh yes! Isn’t that what we are all about…growing each student and yours truly into the best me I can be!