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It was unexpected the way it came about. It is a difficult class to begin with and a particular student had been giving me a hard time most of the day. He was up and talking out of turn once again and I very sternly told him to sit. He sat down, but of course continued to be disruptive and when I finally said something about it, he said I had been mean. Instead of throw it back at him for his behavior (which was my first reaction in my head), I decided to apologize to him in front of the whole class, and to the class as a whole. I was honest in my apology. I expressed that I was frustrated with certain behaviors, so I may have been mean when I had not meant to be. And just like that, the class stopped. A few kids even apologized for their behavior. The peace didn’t last a long time, but even with 3rd I think they recognized that I was trying to be genuine and open, which they unexpectedly reciprocated.
It was a really good reminder to be honest with your students. I think it is important that kids, even at a young age, hear adults be open with what emotions they are experiencing and why. So many of my students have unstable homes. What many of them are used to are adults who get angry and say terrible things, or worse, use violence. I want them to hear what it is like for someone to explain why they are angry/sad/frustrated/etc., why they have earned certain consequences and that those consequences are tied to the rules, not to the feelings of the adult. And to show that they are still loved, no matter what the adult is feeling. Sometimes it is hard to explain your feelings to a kid, especially when you are all out of patience. However, I think it has paid off with a couple of my students.
the actual, physical ache you feel in your chest and in your bones when you’re so sad is fucking awful.
Source: Rolling Stone