Okay, I digress...
Heidi, one of the young women there, is an interpreter for the deaf. Seated across the narrow table from me, and knowing I am a teacher, she asked, "Who is your most unfavorite student?"
I sat there and started mentally going through my class of 25. Who would that be? I thought of Teflon-Boy, a student quite talented at making sure no homework ever stuck to him. Now, however, he was getting a bit more serious about school, he accepted when I stapled his homework to his forehead every afternoon, and he had won me over with his smile...
How about Miss Moody? She regularly snarls at her peers, the nasty looks she give me when she thinks I'm not looking, she's a challenge. But when I met her mother, I knew why MM is the way she is.
I thought of a few more students, trying to form an answer, and finally said, "Well, there is a student in our class who hates being made fun of, and yet he daily says the most cruel things about his peers. He's super bright, and one-on-one, has an incredible amount of empathy and is quite self-aware. He's made some improvements so far, but is still very resistant. He's not a student I dislike, but he's my biggest challenge right now..."
She smiled at me, and then immediately asked, "Who is your favorite student?"
Whew, another hard one. I have a bunch of students who work really hard every day in spite of academic struggles, they have their loveable little quirks...Who would I name as my favorite?
"If you asked me that question last year, I would probably say ___ because this student began the school year reading way below grade level, but she never gave up, and although she had this 'tough' exterior, when she saw that I really cared, we formed a great relationship. Now she comes and says hi every morning and every afternoon, and we tease each other, and I really admire her perserverance..."
Heidi smiled. I guess when I could not come up with a name instantly for each of her questions, I had passed her "test."
I guess I wonder how you can spend all day--5 days a week--with kids, and look at them in such black and white terms? Like. Like. Like. Don't like. Like. It's impossible.
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Pat Wahler at http://critteralley.blogspot.com. She is an animal lover, a writer (and rewrote the "Night Before Christmas" in a way-clever version) and has a dog named Indy and a cat named Bogey.
Lisa Ricard Claro at www.writinginthebuff.net. Lisa is a gifted writer, can be serious or wry, and even has links for writers.
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Karen Lange at http://karenelange.blogspot.com. Karen is not only a writer, she's also an online writing teacher.
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I hope that 2011 is a great one for all of us...Thanks for making comments, for reading my blog, for checking in once in a while...