Student mismanages money:
I am in a
fifth grade classroom, observing one of my students while she participates in
classroom activities. Lunchtime rolls around, and she begs me to stay and eat
lunch with her, so I do.
halfway into lunch, she starts furiously searching through her pockets for money
that she had brought to school. In response to her frantic tantrum, one of the
girls (who is not retarded) says, "You already lost your 31 dollars once
today...and YESTERDAY!! You lost it yesterday, and Mrs. Bach told you yesterday
to not bring that much money to school!!"
gets upset, and starts up with a very annoying combination of crying and
whining. She relocates to the corner of the room, curls up into a little ball,
and pulls her hooded sweatshirt around her entire body. I slowly coax her out of
it with some Starburst and old easter jelly beans.
focus on the girl who had claimed she had repeatedly lost her money. Her recount
of the multiple losses killed me. She said that on Monday, 31 dollars had been
found stuffed into the cracks of an upper cubby. The tard went all day without
realizing she had lost it in the first place. By the end of the day, she figured
it out and claimed her money. She also received a lecture from her regular
classroom teacher about not bringing that much money to school.
Tuesday, there was a wadded up 31 dollars on the floor by the overhead
projector. The teacher put it up on the wipe board. Still, she goes all morning
without noticing her 31 dollars is missing. When she realized it was hers and
claimed it, she got another lecture from her teacher about money at school.
to top it off, the freak-out over the again, missing, 31 dollars.
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