Oh Friday – Day 117
By Renee Bodkin
Today was one of those days. One of those days in which one muddles through because it is FRIDAY.
I like my job. I really do. I know I can’t make a difference in the lives of all of my students but I know I make a
difference in the lives of some of them… and for that I am grateful.
But it’s days like today that I just sigh. Unfortunately many of my students are quite vocal and even proud of the
fact that they use marijuana. The beauty of teaching… I can adjust my teaching to meet their needs and I do… often.
So, recently I had them to a reading comprehension activity about marijuana – hoping that next time they decide to get high
maybe just maybe they’ll think twice and consider some of the proven side effects and consequences of using an illegal drug.
Which brings me to today. Every day I have them do a writing prompt. Today’s was “Free Write Friday” which gives them free
reign to write about whatever they’d like. Unfortunately, this was a response I received from one of my students.
I was so disappointed and frustrated, I reached out to Facebook and shared it (during my lunch) which resulted in many people commiserating with me. A few pointed out this student’s printing. This is a subject for another day. Keeping in mind, I teach special ed, the actual WRITING wasn’t my concern it was the CONTENT which saddened and frustrated me.
So today… I was grateful for FRIDAY, MAKING A DIFFERENCE (sometimes), and the OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT WHEN NEEDED.
**Added** A few days later, someone at work approached me and was concerned because someone commented about me sharing this on my Facebook – which is only set for “Friends” to see so if you were said “Friend” who had issue with my FB sharing (but couldn’t share your concerns with me and went running to someone else)… then please De-Friend me. I wasn’t making fun of or mocking my student. I was sad and frustrated. I didn’t share the student’s name and I posted it during my lunch time. Blah. My job is difficult enough… I don’t need fake people judging me.