The last week of school is usually a very good week of school. And this year seems to be going the same way. There are some papers I still need to turn in to my principal, and I had to come in early to finish my cums and my report cards, but for the most part it appears it will be a good week. We have the talent show on Tuesday, staff v. students kickball game Wednesday morning, shortened day Wednesday (like always), and minimum day on Friday. Yep, it looks like it’s going to be a good week.
Once again Billy isn’t medicated today. I could tell right away. I asked him about it, he said he had taken both pills (trust me, it matters if he takes only one, or even if he takes three!). But a few minutes later I asked him again and he said he hadn’t taken them. Something about being rushed.
We were going to take the benchmark writing test today, and I knew there would be no way he could do it well. I sent him to his RSP teacher’s room to do some work with her, (thank you, “Mr. Clark”!) while the rest of the class took the test. Before he left, he had already spilled water on his desk and chair, and had 4 pencils scattered under his desk, as well as parts of a crayon box beneath his chair. All after only 15 minutes of school.
After recess he showed me how many pencils he bought during recess, seven. That seemed like more than enough. I asked him where he got the money. He told me he got the money from home, then proceeded to pull out a hand full of new state quarters. $4.50 in quarters. Some had some blue paper glued to the back of them. It looked suspicious. I called mom. Apparently he took the quarters from his aunt’s quarter collection. Oopsie. I sent the pencils and the money down in an envelop so mom and aunt could come down to school and pick them up. I told Billy I would be very, very sad if my nephew stole from me.
Billy is one of the 2 or three white kids I have in class. Its doesn’t really matter, just letting you know. He is also on medication. Billy isn’t really his name, but we’ll call him Billy. On Billy’s first day of school this year, his grandfather met me before I brought the class in and let me know that Billy is diagnosed ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Then Billy’s grandfather tells me that Billy is not on medication. They ran out. He won’t have medication for a couple weeks. That was bad.
It turned out Billy could not learn without his medication. Literally. Billy was all over the place. It would have almost been funny if it had not been so frustrating. I have never seen anything like it. Let’s just say it was a tough two weeks.
Once Billy got back on meds, he wasn’t too bad. He was still a bit more difficult than the average student, but nothing like he was off his meds. Every once in a while, Billy is off his meds for some reason or another. He might as well not even come. Seriously.
Billy came to school today on half his medication. I’ll spare you the explanation. But he let me know he only took one of the two pills he was supposed to be on. Let me just say, it was obvious something was up with Billy. His whole look was off. I told the psychiatrist about it, and she said she could. His whole disheveled look gave it away.
It was a tough day. Before school started he had already choked a boy and earned a discipline notice. Before recess, he had already gone to the bathroom and sprayed water all over another student and all over the floor. So Bill gets to spend both recesses in the office for the rest of the week.
Bill spent some time out of my classroom today, because of his behavior. At times, he just couldn’t focus enough to get work done. So at that point I had him have a seat in another classroom. Other tricks are to have him carry heavy things to other classrooms. Apparently that helps him be more self-aware, physically.
It’s funny, because Billy knows exactly what’s going on. He knows why he can’t focus today. He is a very sharp boy. But he is dependent on his medication. School is a waist of time for him unless he is medicated. It’s very sad. Hopefully he can stay on his meds and be successful at school, and at home. But you should see him off!