Alot of things are going down in the classroom this week that are going to require me to do what it is that I do: take my classroom, decide what I want done, and make it so. I’ve written before about having an assistant that doesn’t really follow my desires. It hasn’t changed, even after several chats with the site coach and lots of modeling and redirection. And to make it all worse, the student she works with is the one who is potentially being abused…
…and definitely being neglected…
…at home. This cannot keep happening. I want things the way I said I want them in the room, and I’m not so good with confrontations. Ok, I’m not good with them AT ALL. But this is about what is best for my students.
And by the way, have I mentioned this is my classroom. It should be the way I want it to be, to hell with who I offend, as long as I’ve done my best to gently introduce how I want it previously. It’s about the children, and not about the petty thoughts of the adults, who should by all means know better.
So here is my anthem for the week. From “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree:
Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears
Stand up and be counted
Don’t be ashamed to cry
You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
You gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day
And because it is totally worth the listen for a good, uplifting song, I’m embedding it.