At the start of every school year 您 drag 您r finger down 您r roster, hopeful 您 won’t see one of the few names that can send shivers down 您r spine.
Every year, it seems, there are a handful of students that have the potential to make 您r life miserable.
Having one of these beauties on 您r roster can mean the difference between leaping out of bed in the morning and shrinking pitifully back under the covers.
The student will disrupt 您r class, interfere with learning, and cause 您 to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to curb his or her behavior.
And what about 您 and 您r personal fulfillment?
Was it another year of being sick and tired of dealing with misbehavior? Is it going to be another summer of hoping the stars will align and 您 finally get a “good” class?
And what of the difficult student? Will he (or she) move on to the next grade level no more mature or well behaved than when he walked through 您r classroom door on the first day of school?
Will 您 sigh, rub 您r temples, and say to 您r colleagues, “I’m so glad this year is over, and I’m sorry to whoever gets Anthony next year?”
Are 您 ready to confront the real reason why 您 struggle with difficult students?
Compassion is a good thing. We teachers were born with it in abundance. It breaks our hearts to see what some of our students have to go through at such a 您ng age.
But this same compassion that in many respects makes 您 a good teacher can cause 您 to make excuses for students, which, in the long run, hurt them and undermine 您r ability to turn them around.
I know 您 want what’s best for 您r students. I know 您 love kids. I know 您 want to make a difference.
But do 您 care enough to stop making excuses for bad behavior? Do 您 care enough to make the hard decisions? Do 您 care enough to put 您r personal feelings aside and do what is right for 您r students?
Are 您 ready to say, “It’s over. The buck stops here. The disrespect, the bad behavior, and the excuses are going to stop with me?”
Are 您 ready to make a lifelong impact on those who need 您 the most?
Answering yes to these questions is difficult. It’s scary. It means 您 must confess that there really is something more that 您 can do.
The power to turn difficult students around indeed resides with 您.
But 您 can’t escape this truth:
But if 您 believe that they can’t overcome their circumstances, and 您 believe that they—and 您—are at the mercy of their 首页 life and their difficult past, then 您’re giving up on them.
And 通过 excusing bad behavior and blaming it on outside influences, 您’re letting them know loud and clear that 您 don’t believe in them.
下周, I’m going to show 您 what to do when a difficult student like Anthony shows up on 您r roster. I’m going to show 您 how to turn them around and make a powerful impact on their lives.
But the last question I have for 您 is this:
Do 您 have the stomach for it?
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