Day 20: New student

I would hate being a new student this late in the school year. You don’t know anyone, you don’t know where you will be sitting, you have no idea where anything is and more importantly–when’s lunch?

I got a new student this week. I had a student at his table be his buddy to guide him along. Of course, we didn’t have a normal week (come to think of it, I don’t know what a normal week looks like myself). Of course, he didn’t have the same folders and spirals we have so every time I said to get out a particular color folder or spiral, he didn’t have it. Or glue stick, or dry erase marker. Not the end of the world, but again, it has to be addressed.

We have many routines up and running, or sinking like the Titanic, but we get it right most days. This new student has so much to take in–he was tired and wanted to know when it was time to go home. I told him that I wanted to go home too!

He has 2 more days before spring break, and when we come back, we will review expectations and procedures and maybe, just maybe he will feel like he fits in.

5 thoughts on “Day 20: New student

  1. I was that kid. We moved in April of my 4th grade year. My parents thought that would be better than doing it over the summer because they thought I’d make friends in school and then have kids to play with over the summer. Omg, they were soooooo off. Soooooo wrong. Worst decision ever. I’m pretty sure this situation is where my anxiety started. I was always an amazing student, teachers pet, goody 2 shoes, LOVED school. When I started at my new school, I was in the nurses office every other day saying that my stomach hurt. I cried every night about assignments. Said I couldn’t figure them out. And pretty much just hated school. Like you said, I just felt so out of sorts and didn’t know where anything was, who anyone was, where to go, what to do, nothing! Those feelings have stuck with me for life.

    And my brother was getting ready to graduate 8th grade. Why they thought it was a good idea to leave 2 months before that happened, I really don’t know.

    Give your new student so much love. I know you’re a great teacher. So I’m sure you will. But just know coming from someone who has done it, he can use all the love and understanding and checking in you can give him.

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      1. For sure. I wish I could have done that. Even though, they didn’t do that, they did have my brother attend 8th grade graduation at his old school instead of the new one. But it still sucked. He hadn’t been there for 2 months.


  2. I can tell how much you care and want your new student to become part of the group. I love that you told him you were tired too!


  3. That is tough! I changed schools in October and remember having a tough time with that. In the end, it was a good thing for me, but it was stressful. Clearly you’re tuned in to how hard this is for your student, and I’m sure your support will go a long way!


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