I am writing tonight with a heavy heart, for two reasons (the second being the main reason I've been an absent blogger this past month)...
-A student I had in my special ed student teaching classroom, as well as my first year teaching classroom, is struggling with some very significant health issues (related to her disability and chronic, but much more serious now than it's ever been). She has been in the hospital for nearly a month now and the prognosis is not good.
-A current student is going through a mental health crisis which is manifesting itself in some pretty extreme violent actions, defiant/disturbing behavior, even threats to my/my classroom staff's lives. In my world of center-based special ed, these things are not usually viewed as mental health issues but related to the cognitive disability - but as I truly believe it's the former rather than the latter (and he is much higher functioning, cognitively, than any other student in our school), I don't think he's getting the help he needs - and by extension, our classroom is in chaos right now.
I'd love prayers for these two students, from those of you who pray. And for my classroom in chaos. We are in survival mode right now. Any advice from those who have dealt with a severe mental health crisis in the classroom would be welcome, too! (Though I'm well aware that's a vague description and while more information might garner me more helpful/specific advice, I can't share more than that for the student's privacy.)
On a happier note, I discovered today several of my students know and love The Beatles! I grew up listening to The Beatles courtesy of my dad, and I'm delighted my students know some of their songs. I went on iTunes to try to make a classroom mix; I was dismayed to find out songs are now $1.29 instead of the $0.99 I remember! I feel old ;) Still will probably make a mix, though. It's just too fun to pass up - I play music for the kids as they come into the room in the mornings (a half-hour time period as buses from various districts arrive at different times) and this would be great.
More happiness: I was at Target for the first time in a long time the other day. I scored on some books at the Dollar Spot!
I got 7 nonfiction easy-read books for social studies and science! Can't beat the dollar price, really!
I can't believe it's May tomorrow...our May unit is all about water so I'll hopefully be posting about some water cycle activities we'll be doing. Hoping to be a better blogger this month...