There is a child in my class who is driving me crazy.
Let’s call her Raspberry. She is rarely in the right place at the right time. She is often not doing what she is supposed to be doing. She routinely ignores everything I say to her. She wants to do what she wants to do, which mostly involves roaming the room and picking up things that don’t belong to her, and sometimes involves playing with the little toys and makeup and jewelry she keeps sneaking in, against my express wishes (I have a rule about no toys from home, because they are nothing but a distraction). If I put her in the Take-A-Break chair, she sticks out her tongue at me and says, “I hate you!”
The main problem, however, is me. I mean, this is MY problem. I have to figure out how to deal with her. I have to stop getting so frustrated with her. I have to stop letting her stress me out. (And it would be nice to come to grips with this kid so that Miss Slinger will stop giggling at how easily Raspberry gets me riled!)
Usually I love my problem kid. This is the first time in a loooong time that my problem kid keeps stepping on my last nerve.
I’ve decided to ask the school psychologist for help. He’s very calm and very helpful, and I think he will help me deal with my reactions to Raspberry as much as he will help me figure out how to get her on a better track.
Anyone else have any advice for me on my Raspberry problem?