Earlier this year I transitioned out of the work I was doing in Walnut Hills. I am still working with Cincinnati Public Schools, but in a different school. Different, but the same.
Yesterday for no apparent reason a kid tried to take my work badge from around my neck. I did not do a thing to this youngster. I was actually treating him kindly given the fact that last week this student called my daughter, Zoe, ugly and tried to hit me.
After that incident a young student tried to bite me. This particular student was running around during gym kicking plastic cones at other students. The gym teacher asked me if I would escort the young kicker out of the gym. I did and that’s when she opened her mouth wide and went in for my shoulder. My reaction was swift so she did not actually make contact. Still, the fact that she tried to bite me was disturbing.
It is beyond frustrating to witness young people who have extremely low social skills coupled with extremely low academic skills. It sometimes feels hopeless. Still, hope remains and quality teachers who face brick wall challenges everyday arrive to work early to figure out how to climb that wall for the day.
Here’s to quality educators across this country in the trenches everyday. May you never hit back or bite back. May you always find the courage to love through every tough situation. (And may you get paid more next year for doing it:)