I have experienced several proud moments over the course of these first few weeks of school, but the one that stands out at the moment is being able to reach two guys who are in my Introduction to Healthcare Science class.
The step brothers recently moved to Georgia from Florida and for whatever reason, were both placed in my 8th period class. The first day they arrived in class, I introduced myself, explained classroom expectations, gave each of them a syllabus, and caught them up on what their classmates were currently working on. As soon as I walked away from speaking with them, I observed both of them using cell phones, listening to music via ear buds, and even with heads down sleeping. After getting over the initial shock of what was happening, I made my way back over to them, reiterated expectations, and encouraged them to reach out for assistance if needed. By the time they finally started to participate, the period was almost over.
While greeting the guys at my door the next day of class, I chatted with each of them individually about behaviors from last class, and my intolerability of those things moving forward. Not to my surprise, 15 minutes into class, the same things transpired much like that of in the class before. However, this time, rather than pull them out, or speak privately with them, I did some research. Once I discovered they each play football, and one is diabetic, I new exactly how to move forward with them.
When the next class day came around, both guys greeted me at the door questioning "why were you at our football practice yesterday?" "I enjoy the sport, and needed to give something to my cousin," I responded. They asked "who is your cousin?" I remarked "Coach Smith." They both laughed in disbelief! I inquired if coach should be made that they would not be attending practice because they are tired, and needed to nap during my class? They both responded "No ma'am."
I also asked the guy who is a diabetic how he was feeling, and instructed him to let me know when he's not feeling ok. He was shocked that I was aware of his condition, and thanked me for being concerned.
As a result of me expressing concern, and showing interest in them personally, both of them now come to when with questions, after, of course they have utilized the "ask three, then me" rule. They are both making good grades, participate in classroom discussions, and have genuine interest's in the pursuing careers in the medical field which was unheard of two weeks ago!
They are pictured below along with fellow classmates, participating in personality assessments.
The two of them helped me to remember that I can, and do make a difference