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Saturday, April 7, 2012

That One Student...

We all have it, that one student who just turns us into the exact person we don't want to be.  Some are worse than others and many of them act the way they do because it is just a matter of survival.  This year I have that one, but this one is like no other that I have ever had in my career.

This one, breaks my heart and makes my blood boil, at the very same time.  Thank goodness I have my friend co-teaching with me because I wouldn't be able to get through the day, the week, or even the hour when this one is in school.   I have always said when a child behaves the way they do and all the strategies in the world do not work, there is only one label that fits this student.  Forget EBD, SLD, EH, or any other label made up by the powers that be.  These students are Parentally Disabled, because I can't fathom that a child would do any of the things I have seen unless a parent has not lived up to the pact they made with God when they were given this child.

This week was the worst by far and without giving out too much information, just know that the police were called.  I had an out of body experience watching this unfold, I lost all the spit in my mouth, my knees were so weak I had to lean against the wall, and I wanted to throw up, a lot.  I am praying and hoping that this time help will come and all will be okay, but reality has a way of sneaking in and reminding me that unless the parents are on board, all may be lost.

Tomorrow is Easter and this little one is not in a good place, but I know that He will take care of her.  I have to believe this to be true or else I might lose it.  This is why I am a teacher and it is the same reason that sometimes I don't want to be a teacher anymore.  This has to be fixed, it has to be ok, it has to be left in His hands.


  1. Janine, You and your student are in my prayers. God placed her in your care because she needs YOU. Why is it that the children who need our love the most are often the hardest to love? Take care and know that God is in control. He has a better plan than any of us can imagine!
    An Open Door

  2. Thank you, Camille. Isn't that the truth! God Bless You and thanks again for the kind words.

  3. Wow Janine, I don't know what is going on, but I got chills reading this email and I am praying for you and for your student. God has put you and this child together for a reason, know that!


  4. Oh Janine, this is just heart-wrenching to read. You and your student will be in my thoughts.

  5. Saying a prayer for you and your student. This is by far the hardest part of teaching. I have to think God puts children in our room for a reason.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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    Apples and ABC's

  7. Janine - how lucky that student is to have you as their teacher. I have had so many like that in my career. My heart really goes to them and I believe God gives some of us a heart for those types of students. Thank you for sharing...I will be praying for you and him. Thank you for being a teacher...you are the kind we need. God bless xoxo
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  8. It's so sad to know what some of our kiddos have to deal/live with. I'm your newest follower and this story hits close to home with one of my own kiddos. It just breaks my heart.

    Every year I have a couple of kiddos that I would love to adopt...my house wouldn't be big enough though!



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