There’s a different lesson here than I expected.
This Tuesday, I had one of my former students return to my classroom. He had gone off to a charter school, and lasted less than 3 months. The post was going to be a rant about charter schools being able to pick and choose their students, compared to the public schools.
This kid had been a pain in the butt. He was the only outwardly defiant student I had at the beginning of the year. It didn’t surprise me at all that he’d been booted.
So, this story could have had an ugly ending. If I’d acted on my instincts, we would have been right back where we left off.
But we’re not. I’ve got enough good teacher habits now, and enough experience dealing with incoming OTs, that I almost automatically played the second chance card with him. And it paid off. He’s not the most diligent student ever, but he’s going through the motions. He’s cooperative, and quiet. It’s only been 4 days, so it could still all change, but for me this was a big lesson on sticking to the game plan, and not going with your gut.