Do you know me? I am a student in your classroom.
- I struggle to find relevance in what I am being taught, but I have interests and passions.
- I am outspoken, but I may try to get through the day without any interaction.
- Actively involve me in learning and I will likely be engaged. Lecture me and I will likely lose interest.
- I am not waiting for superman. I am waiting for someone to take a personal interest.
- I can run you through every imaginable emotion, all within a forty-five minute class period.
- I act out because I don’t understand, because I already know, or because I am not connected.
- I don’t just have “potential”. I can be a difference maker today.
- There is trouble at home, so your frustration with my failure to complete homework seems trivial.
- I care, but my priorities are not your priorities and my interests are not necessarily your interests.
- For me, technology means socialization, communication, collaboration…it is a window to the world. I would like to use it in school.
- I may have my own room, with my own bed, or my family may have a one-room with a fold out sofa.
- I am creative, but on my terms…in pursuit of my interests.
- I am hungry today and I did not sleep well last night.
- I am a kid, so I am prone to making mistakes. Encouragement, affirmation and reassurance are appreciated.
- I love my freedom. I like to explore. Too often, school feels like a prison.
- I value you your opinion, but I also value the opinion of my peers. Please don’t make me choose.
- I am tough, and I am resilient, but I still need an advocate.
- It has been a long time since I have tasted success. Will you provide that opportunity?
- I am not mad at you, but I am going to make you pay for my frustrations. Button pusher.
- I am unique. My needs are unique. I have unique talents and interests. My success in school depends on you figuring out what makes me tick.
I am a student in your classroom. Do you know me?