That One Particular Student

That One Particular Student

How am I going to fix this?
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Lately, an issue I have been having involves on particular student. He is the biggest source of headache in my class, and I’m not entirely sure how to deal with him anymore. He is constantly disruptive. He never stays in his assigned seat. No matter where we put him, he manages to disrupt the learning of the other students and distract them. Some of my best students have seen their averages fall as a result of this student sitting near them. He never hands work in on time and complains when he gets a zero. He will usually go over my head and try to talk to my cooperating teacher, but he knows this student’s trickery. My cooperating teacher always backs up my decision making.

The main problem I am having with this student is his defiance. He never listens to a word I say when it comes to discipline. Yet, when I teach he is mostly engaged. Sometimes I will call on him when I notice he is talking. When I am asking a question, he usually has the right answer. He has his moments of brilliance in the room. My challenge is figuring out why his behavior is so off. Is he not feeling challenged? What’s going on at home? Problem is, the cooperating teacher says he has been like this all year.

We now moved his seat right next to my cooperating teacher, so he can possible handle situations that arise when I am teaching so that I don’t have to stop the class to reprimand him. The first day, everything went well. But he also complains that he can’t see. I asked him if he had glasses and he said he does. He also says he doesn’t want to wear them because they make him look funny. He usually leaves them at home. To me, that’s just an excuse, but who am I to judge?

The next day, the problem came right back. He tried to go back to his old seat and when I told him to move he immediately became defiant and answered me back. He’s constantly on his phone no matter how many times I tell him to put it away. I finally became fed up and kind of lost my cool. I asked him “Why do you constantly defy me? Why do you always answer me back?” And his response is usually, “I need to move my seat because I can’t see.” I told him “You can stay here as long as you don’t disturb people.” And what did he do? Went right back to disturbing people. Perhaps you can give me some guidance on how to handle the situation, because I really don’t know what to do anymore.
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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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