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We have standardized testing this week. At the beginning of the test session I had 2 students who would stop talking, and were so disruptive I had to postpone the session for 20 minutes, and have the principal come down. P told me if they kept it up, call her back down, and she would remove them and call parents. One kid settled down. The other never did. She talked the ENTIRE time, blurted out everything loudly, complained because I wouldn't help her on the test (I must have given the scripted response to her 20 times). I called the P down 2x, but she never came. Finally, near the end, P came down and told me I should call the parents tonight. Ya think? I also told her that student will NOT be in my classroom for the rest of testing. The rest of my class deserve a test session without constant disruptions.

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ElizabethJoy 03-27-2019 08:47 PM

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I tried to talk to the girl, and she shut down, so I called the Guidance Counselor. Apparently, the girl's father died this weekend. No wonder she's a mess
Good on you for figuring it out (if true). It does seem odd that her mother didn't let you know- let alone take her out of school for a few days- but I guess it would make more sense if they didn't have a super close relationship, or he was more a 'temporary' stepdad or something. Either way, it's pretty rough!

I had this last year where a previously sweet little boy starting behaving atrociously. I was so frustrated! I spoke to his mother and she explained that she and his dad had separated over the weekend. No wonder he was struggling!
choppie70 03-27-2019 01:40 AM

The people in charge of testing at the state level came and did a "walk through" while our 4th grade students were testing today. There were four of them and they came into the room and were whispering in the back of the room while students were testing.

MissAgnes 03-26-2019 02:47 PM

I tried to talk to the girl, and she shut down, so I called the Guidance Counselor. Apparently, the girl's father died this weekend. No wonder she's a mess.
Of course, it may not be completely true. I would think her mom would have said something to the school, or she would have been pulled out of school.
I'm not sure what the relationship is like - I don't know if she even had a relationship with her father. He's not listed in the system, and I've only ever had contact with the mom (I had her two older sisters at times). Or if it was even her real father.
Regardless, she is feeling sad, and it's affecting her behavior. I apologized that I didn't realize she was going through such a tough time, and gave her a hug (I'm not a hugger usually).
She was AMAZING the rest of the day. Even during testing she was fantastic, and she wanted to help me all afternoon.
I guess this is my reminder that behavior is communication, and you never know what's going on with another person.

brooks56 03-25-2019 05:34 PM

In our district that would have been a misadministration. If there are any disruptions like this it would have to be given over. The principal should have taken care of it the first time.

Keltikmom 03-25-2019 04:34 PM

Thatís crazy. Is there no one else when P is busy? Sometimes our secretary took it upon herself to drag a kid down the hall. She wasnít mean, but very pragmatic and honest.

MissAgnes 03-25-2019 03:46 PM

We have standardized testing this week. At the beginning of the test session I had 2 students who would stop talking, and were so disruptive I had to postpone the session for 20 minutes, and have the principal come down. P told me if they kept it up, call her back down, and she would remove them and call parents. One kid settled down. The other never did. She talked the ENTIRE time, blurted out everything loudly, complained because I wouldn't help her on the test (I must have given the scripted response to her 20 times). I called the P down 2x, but she never came. Finally, near the end, P came down and told me I should call the parents tonight. Ya think? I also told her that student will NOT be in my classroom for the rest of testing. The rest of my class deserve a test session without constant disruptions.




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