It should be an easy answer

04 May

A recent experience brought up an interesting/awfully sad question…should you be worried if a kid would rather pretend to test and color with a highlighter in a silent room rather than be in your class? I’m pretty sure I know which one should be more engaging.


Posted by on May 4, 2009 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “It should be an easy answer

  1. karen vanek

    May 5, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Even though the student can’t verbalize why he/she prefers to pretend to take a test, there’s got to be a reason. Of course, my first question is, “Could it be undiagnosed dyslexia or Irlen?” Of couse, my next question is, “What emotional baggage causes a kid to put themself in this no win situation?” If we don’t find answers now, we’re looking at a drop out. We can’t afford to waste the potential of a single human being by not trying to prevent the misguided paths so many take. I wonder what has been done to answer these questions for the student?

  2. texasbuckeye

    May 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    you raise some interesting questions, i think most of the time these kids are simply dismissed has 8th graders who don’t want to go to class? as a teacher, i would hope my class is more engaging than pretending to work on a taks test!

  3. Stephanie

    May 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I am always saddened when I hear stories like the one above. I have a tendency to want to criticize; to turn up my nose in disgust at the teacher and make some not-so-pleasing remark about his or her incompetence. Then, immediately I begin to wonder if I could cut the mustard if I were back in a classroom. Would I be able to handle all of the seemingly endless tasks that face teachers each day? I know I was an extraordinary teacher when I left the classroom 10 years ago, but would I be a highly effective teacher now? To be honest, I don’t know the answer. I only hope that I would have the support needed to do a good job, and I think about what I might do to help the pretender and his teacher.

  4. Jeri

    May 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I’d like the whole story–things are often not as they seem. Children today are faced with so many challenges that beat them down. Combine that with a teacher’s baggage and failure lurks close by.


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