The summer blockbuster edition of the Carnival of Education is underway at Learn Me Good.
In response to Siobhan Curious’ question — what have you learned from your most challenging student — I’m a Dreamer recalls his year with Slick, who started out hating the teacher and ended by volunteering to stay late to help out — after he’d finished his community service hours.
This is the kid who hated me more than anyone. This is the kid who made me dread seeing my second period some days, because he could be such an asshole. This is the kid who told the whole class that writing was boring and pointless.
I don’t know what happened, I don’t know how I did it except to treat him with respect and try to be aware when he seemed to be on the verge of shutting down, but somehow, this is a kid I reached. This is a kid who hugged me goodbye on the last day of school. This is a kid who laughs at my corny jokes. This is a kid who says Language Arts is his favorite class now, when he hates reading and writing. This is a kid I reached.
Treat everyone with respect, Dreamer advises.