Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
A strong student academically. Strengths lie in mathematics. A voracious reader but still needs help with comprehension strategies. Friendly and well liked by others, but needs help knowing how to be supportive, kind friend. Prefers to work alone.
A friendly student who needs help controlling his behavior and knowing where boundaries are. Does well with one-on-one teacher modeling and instruction. Enjoys working in groups, but needs frequent redirection.
My mentor teacher gave me a list of ways to state negative things in a positive way. I've been practicing that. Some of the things I want to say are: This student is going to drive you crazy!! and don't ever let him near a pair of scissors. Or this student is a bully, and this one has gender identity issues, and this one's parents will never call you back or show up for a parent-teacher conference.
It's impossible to sum a person up in a few sentences, but it's one of the impossible things that I must do as a teacher. I've written all 26 of them, and as strange as I feel about doing them, it's done.