Thursday, January 13, 2005

Story from the Front

During the semester my teacher prep classmates and I had to go observe in the local schools. Lucky for us, our observations were more like mini student teaching sessions. Everyone had a pretty good experience. However, there was one mishap.

One of my friends, Sarah, will soon be entering the world of elementary education. Most of her observations went well. However, one day she came to class looking a bit distressed. Our curiousity got the better of us and we ended up spending 15 minutes of class listening to her story. Apparently, she had to pull a student ( a 3rd grader) aside when the class was lining up for recess because he was misbehaving. While she was explaining to him what he had done wrong and was telling him to simmer down. HE BIT HER!!!! This was not just a nip either. He didn't draw blood, but a few days later, Sarah had a wicked bruise in the shape of teeth. I wish I had a photo to share with you, it was pretty impressive. Anyway, Sarah told us that this kid isn't classified or anything like that and he has done this before. The school kept brushing it off. We were shocked. This is bad behavior for any age, but it is completely unacceptable for a 3rd grader!! Jeez.

Lucky for public education, Sarah is still going to become a teacher.


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