I need to remember that feeling
When nobody understands
And everyone asks
Yet you cannot say
Because you don’t even know.
I get so frustrated with my 15 year old students because I always think that they are rude and unreasonable. They don’t behave and then when they do badly in an assessment they blame me. Quite frankly, they are insufferable.
However, I just watched a programme that followed a girl in high school and I was reminded that teenagers have really complicated lives these days. There was so much texting in this show that even I couldn’t follow it, so how teenagers keep up with all those messages, I’ll never know.
And then I need to remember that their little brains are processing all these crazy feelings for the first time. As an adult, I spent a decade of my life drinking copious amounts of vodka to get rid of those feelings so I can’t really get angry at them.
Kids have a bloody difficult time now and perhaps it’s me, the grown up, that needs to hold onto that thought.
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It is hard to be a kid these days, Rachel. And I think a little empathy can go a long way in helping to work with them. They do need to be expected to be respectful, etc., but they are going through a lot. Remembering that, and helping them get through it, is important, I think. The same goes for kids who are learning English. They have a tough row to hoe.
That is a good point, that they still need to learn to regulate and have manners. I think some of them are so overwhelmed that they don’t know how to be polite and kind, and that’s not OK.
What you’re writing here, it’s so important for others to know. Don’t stop. You’re helping us understand these kids better. Thank you
Ah, that’s so kind. It is so hard and when emotions are running high I forget and get all shouty. I try my hardest though, and that is the important thing!
I don’t always comment, I don’t always read, but I do support you 100%. Go get ’em Floyd!
Haha, thank you!