Thursday, September 3, 2015
I Failed Today
I removed a student from my room. Not that the removal wasn't warranted in most cases.
But I know this kid. Know him well. I know that when the insubordinate, defiant voice comes out he is hurting. I know something happened in his world that added a few more bricks to his wall.
I intended to find him a quiet spot where he could be alone, but one sentence changed all that.
"Good. I need to meet the new principal anyway."
Fine I thought Let me introduce you.
That was my failure. I let him goad me into something I had no intention of doing. He pushed a button and I reacted.
And it wasn't what he needed.
He needed a spot away from others to nurse whatever wounds had been opened. He needed me to understand, to be a sounding board, to be a safe place.
I had one job today and I failed.