I am grump today. Like seriously grumpy. I know this because the children are being children and I'm annoyed. Also, I had a really bad class. Usually, I mix the girls and boys, but the visiting school this week didn't tell us ahead of time about their special needs child. Sometimes you can tell easily, but other times you can't tell until they're rolling around on the floor.
Point and case. I didn't know a special needs student today so, when I caught her napping after the split-- It's not uncommon for the kids to pout after being split from friends--- gave her a, followed by a verbal warning to sit up and finally asked her to stand.
Anyway, she threw herself on the floor and screamed, and got kicked out. But keeping her out was difficult for her regular teacher. It's just easier to let her sit beside the boy she apparently stalks. She spent the rest of the class touching him, leaning on him, and being inappropriate in every way possible. The boy felt clearly felt guilty when the girl threw a fit and very confused and uncomfortable with her attention.
I've worked with special needs children in the past and I understand why allowing special needs children in the regular classroom is important. However, I also think there it has to be done with in reason. For example, taking a Korean special needs student to another school, leaving them with a random English speaker and disppearing into the teacher's lounge until it's time to go hom ... heck, that's irresponsible for mainstream students.
Anyway only two special needs students this year have been supervised. One teacher came to class with the student and another had a parent come on the trip. In both cases the child got something out of the experience, which, in case it isn't clear, they usually don't. The least responsible case was a girl who was escorted repeatedly to her teachers, for, among other things, leaving the classroom and wandering the halls. Her teachers then sent her sans escort back to class knowing that it was unlikely she would make it there. Granted she wasn't hurting anything, but what if she had wondered out of the school?
So, yes. I was grumpy and then made grumpier. But now I'm about to teach my last class. I'm going to go home, do laundry and wash dishes. Yuck.
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018