Earlier today, I was really motivated to write. But hey, it’s Friday and I’m exhausted. So you’ll have to make do with some updates on two students that I’ve written about over the past few weeks.
On Tuesday, Joe came to school with no pencil case (and therefore, no pencils or crayons), no word ring, no glasses (“They’re still broken,” says he), and no folder. A few years ago, I had designed a form letter that has a checklist of materials that should be in school every day. I checked off items that Joe was missing and put the note in the communication envelope that goes home every Tuesday (used school-wide for office letters, lunch envelopes, parent notes, etc). Wednesday he came to school with no pencil case, no pencils, no crayons, no word ring, no glasses, no folder AND no communication envelope. Thursday: no pencil case, no crayons, 2 broken pencils, no word ring, no folder, no communication envelope. “Okay then,” I said, “I need your homework copybook.” He dug through his desk. No copybook. “Check your schoolbag,” I suggested. No copybook. I didn’t get a chance to call his mom, because I didn’t have a break (music teacher was sick) and I had to leave right after work to go to class. Today he was absent. On the plus side, I received the testing referral paperwork yesterday, which means that he’ll be tested sooner than I thought.
Motor Boy and Blue
Imaginary friend Blue hasn’t made any more appearances in my room this week, except for a brief visit in which he co-authored a book with Motor Boy entitled “The Man Who Climbed a Mountain.” It was 4 pages long, and quite a riveting read (Page one: “The man.” Page two: “The man climbed the mountain.” And so on.) I’m keeping my eyes and ears open for any unusual behavior from Motor Boy, but so far it’s business as usual with him.