Teaching Those Who Are Hard to Like,Sometimes it Takes Happy Gilmore to Get Through

Sometimes teachers teach kids that are very difficult to teach, or even like.  Such is the case with me.  I have a student who is absolutely under my skin.  I mean, everything I say this student wants to correct and does so in class.  The problem is, sometimes she is correct.  Man that just totally ticks me off!  I would much rather the student NEVER be right, but today I was wrong.  I misspoke about a colony.  I gave the wrong year for the founding of one of our original 13 colonies.  I knew what I meant, but before I could correct myself, I was corrected by this person.  I have to admit, I don’t like this student very much.

So what do you do when you don’t like one of your students?  It happens.  It is only human nature to have people in your class that you don’t jive with, that don’t really mesh with you.  What do you do?  I must admit in years past I might not have handled it very well.  I might have shown them  disdain, even if not on purpose.  However, today it was different. I am not as apt to let that kid “get under my skin”, but teaching them can be difficult.

The child I mentioned is an “EGR”. Extra Grace Required.  So I try to remember that somebody, somewhere loves this child and is hoping she will do well in life.  Some days that is enough, some days it isn’t.  On the days it isn’t, well I just visualize a beautiful setting and cold beverages.  Kind of like the scene in Happy Gilmore, my “Happy Place”.  Until tomorrow,peace.

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