Cherry is my other problem. (It’s funny; in any other year, neither Cherry nor Pumpkin would really count as a behavior problem, but this year, everyone is such an angel that these two do stand out.)
She keeps testing me. She doesn’t listen, doesn’t follow directions, keeps interrupting. It feels deliberate and disrespectful, and it irritates the heck out of me. She has already gotten in trouble in Music, and she has had to sit in the “Take a Break” chair more than anyone else.
I called her mother on Thursday, and it was helpful. For now I’m going to operate under the assumption that attention is the problem. She needs attention, and will do negative things to get it, and it’s possible that paying attention to things is difficult for her.
So my plan is to keep giving her hugs (she is one of the huggiest in a very touchy-feely class), especially in the morning right when she comes in, to catch her being good and give her specific feedback about what she is doing right, and also to help her with personal conversation before transitions to let her know exactly what she will need to do.
We’ll see how it goes.