What happens when a student refuses to do the work? What would you do?
Yesterday, I had a young lady with a 2×4 chip on her shoulder refuse to comply to class procedures.
Since day two of school, I give the students 3 words and their definitions. The students then create a sentence with context clues. Yesterday, I walked around the room, looking over shoulders and offering encouragement until I came to Angie’s desk. Once there, I stopped in my tracked and looked at an empty desk, for she was not on task. Before I could say a word, she said, “Don’t talk to me.” Of course, being the rebellious person that I am, I had to say something.
I reminded her that she was to be copying the vocabulary words and creating an original sentence. She felt the need to repeat, “I said don’t talk to me!”
With that, I sent her into the hall. She was poising the class with her negative attitude. I have tried to help her, but her anger prevents her from succeeding. At the start of the last nine weeks, I feel that I have to concentrate on the kids who want to do well. It is a constant struggle any public school teacher faces.
Well, I told Angie to sit in the hall, and class discussion was a positive experience. I wrote a discipline referral and the vice principal suspended out of school for two days. It seems that her attitude and behavior is not confined to my class.
I am left with the feeling that she has a lot of baggage in life and will not succeed. However, I do have to teach the other 29 students in class. Am I suppose to cut the losses and give up on her? How much time and energy do I devote to her? This is something every educator in the United States struggles with. If you have the right answer, I am all ears.