I finally met with the special education teacher at our school. I have seven kids with labels—most of them have LD or ED, but of course, Tyrese has a learning disorder and ADHD.
He’s also the biggest kid in class and uses his weight to his advantage. He likes to just fall into kids while walking in the hallways. And of course, whenever I accuse him or ask him to apologize for his behavior he denies that he did anything wrong.
“Tyrese, you need to keep your body to yourself.”
“WHAT?! I didn’t DO anything! I was just walking, gosh!”
It royally pisses me off. And I can see where the ADHD comes out in him. He can’t sit through a whole lesson. I have yet to see him write anything. And when I tried benchmarking him he just pretended to read. Literally, he said words that aren’t on the page and made up a story based on the title of the passage.
It was good acting, too. He really sold me on his reading voice. It’s just too bad that I had heard five or six kids read the passage already, and oh wait, I’m not an idiot!
I told him to read the words that were on the page and he just said words that started with the first letter. If the line was “Sam went to the park.” Tyrese would read “Sad winter to the party.” I ask him if what he just read made any sense to him (because asking him the comprehension questions was a waste of time) and he said “yes, something about a party.”
Basically, the way I should be looking at this situation is “I sure have my work cut out for me. It’s going to be so satisfying when I get this student up to grade level.”
When what I’m really thinking is “How the fuck did he pass first grade?!”