We Care

A student last week wrote a slice that reminds me why I do what I do.  He is a young man who has struggled in school.  His energy is hard to contain in a room.  His energy has often exploded in frustration due to his  missing out on directions, lessons, subtle social cues. This year he has made progress.   He used to shout the “I don’t care” mantra  when his frustration or energy made it difficult for him to stay in the room.  He was often angry and rejected assistance.  This year, slowly, bit by bit, his teacher has been breaking through that shell.  Between the two of us we have worked to convince him that we care, that what he does and how he feels matters.  When he said “I don’t care” we have said “we care anyway”  in our actions and our words.   His slice was about liking that people care about his behavior and his work. He likes that people cared even when he didn’t care.  He still has a long way to go, the road ahead maybe rocky.   He knows we care and hopefully, that will pull him through.

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2 Responses to We Care

  1. ccahill2013 says:

    Slow but sure. That’s the business we’re in, right? No instant gratification here! Some armor is tougher to crack than others. I think those are the most rewarding when we finally do! Way to look out for this kid and to let him know you’re there. He hears you.

  2. MAK says:

    Thank you for caring. There are very few students who know how to say it but every one of them needs for us to care.

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