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Friday, July 11, 2008

Okay-
For those who like to have updates:
Bailey is a great dog! He has the best manners and worked his charm on Joe. So, I put my application in to the NESR and I understand that they are checking my references. I will keep you updated on the process.
Summer school is going well. I have nine students- two boys and seven girls. Let me just say that there was a reason God had me take play therapy this summer before starting work. It has really changed the way I deal with kids, and for the better. (Which is saying something, because, not to toot my own horn, but I have always had a knack for working with kids) (toot!)
I have one little lady in particular who is one of the most overtly manipulative people I have ever met. For example:
Me: Go to time out.
Little Lady (LL): I'm SORRY!
Me: You are sorry that you made the choice to go to time out. But, now you have to go, because that is what you chose to do. But, you are really sorry about that.
LL: You're mean! You don't like me.
Me: You're thinking I must not like you if you have to go to time out, but really, you are the one who chose to go to time out by talking during the story.
LL: I promise I'll be good. We can be friends! You're pretty and we can do ballet together.
Me: You think that if you promise to be good, you won't have to go to time out. But, you already made that choice to go to time out.
LL: I hate you, I wish Miss Alissa was my teacher instead. Miss Alissa! Miss Alissa! Can you be my teacher?
etc. etc.
Fun, huh?
Anyway, you can also see in the example my new tool in dealing with challenging kids. Pretty much, empathy. It is amazing because, it works. And that is cool.
Well, gotta go eat Ralph and Rosie's pizza. And that is a really good thing.
You should absolutely eat only Ralph and Rosie's pizza for the rest of your life. That's what I think.
XOXO
Joce

4 comments:

Pamela said...

Also in that story you can see how it's possible that teaching was not the career for me.

Good for you for being able to be so kind and consistent. You are supercool.

intensesimplicity said...

Jocelyn rocks!!! I will memorize this exchange and try to use it on my own little manipulator who often uses the "you hate me" line.

intensesimplicity said...

Hey Joce! Did you pick up the doggie? How's life?

Rebz said...

Hey- No doggie yet, waiting to be approved by the adoption agency. Hopefully will hear soon!
XOXOX
Joce

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