Half a Cup of Blues

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Boy, oh, boy!

That's right.

The boys have lost their minds this week!

Okay, two thirds of them have. I only have three boys in the classroom right now (and ten girls). One of the boys has suddenly become the most charming, attentive, well-behaved young man that you could ever imagine. He frequently leads the classroom group activities and has been maintaining very high behavior scores for two weeks now.

Then there are the other two. Polar opposites. One is autistic (with possible onset of schizophrenic/delusional episodes) and the other one was labeled as mentally retarded until we fought very hard to have that removed and a more formal diagnosis of specific learning disability put in place. The former has had an explosion of pubescent hormones which, while covering his pale frame with wild tufts of black hair, has also scrambled his fragile mind. He attacked 3 different people today and has difficulty even articulating why he is feeling like a grunting, flailing wild man. The other one, usually a quiet bible toting young man who also happens to have a serious case of diabetes, got up from a bench and and tried to pound another young man who was about half of his 250 pound size.

Now we have some male staff on the campus but they certainly don't happen to be in MY room. I have two fulltime female instructional aides (awesome women!) who happen to be about 10 years older than I am. We tend to run this classroom smoothly and efficiently and are proud of the fact that we have fewer behaviors in our room than any other classroom on the campus. Until this week, that is. I have no clue what's going on. The heat maybe? It's been around 105° - 108° most of this week. Puberty? One is a 17 year old late bloomer and the other one is a 15 year old early bloomer. Is Mercury in retrograde again? There's only half of a moon out so I know it is not that. I'm going to end up bald (from pulling my own hair out) if I can't figure out what's going on and how to help them. Math, English, History, or Science seem fairly unimportant on the scale of trying to help someone save their own sanity.

If it makes me feel this bad and helpless then how incredibly awful it must be for them.

It makes my brain hurt and breaks my heart for them.

Today's Plan: Take deep breaths, think outside the box, & don't give up.


  • Men do have a biological way of clubbing things. Jewel might have a few thoughts! I'll send to your blog and see if she might be outside the box.


    By Blogger Jas..., at 7/15/2005 5:51 PM  

  • I guess I'm alone on this one. Hello? Hello? Echo -echo-echo-echo...

    By Blogger Jas..., at 7/19/2005 12:07 PM  

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