So This Happened Today

This afternoon, as I was walking my first graders along the outside walkway to their Fine Arts class, we happened upon a kindergarten class returning to their room after lunch.  My group stopped to allow the little ones to cross in front of us to get to their door. 

Somewhere along the way, one of the kinders ran headfirst into one of the steel beams that supports the overhang.  I could hear the resounding ‘dong’ and figured stitches were in this little dude’s near future.  His teacher checked him carefully and, surprisingly, although he was wailing at the top of his lungs, he didn’t seem to be injured.  As this was happening, the teacher was trying to send another kinder ahead into the classroom due to his increasingly frantic ‘pee pee dance’. 

From my perspective, the next thirty seconds happened as if they were in slow motion.  Pee pee kid reached the door and opened it.  At the same time, the head banger let out a visceral howl and flew the twenty or so yards between him and the other kid, shrieking across the entire distance.  He then proceeded to launch himself at pee pee kid, punching, kicking, and hitting the boy.  Pee pee kid eventually began to defend himself as the kindergarten teacher and another nearby adult pulled the two kids off each other. 

Did I mention that I have an intern for the semester?  She was actually leading my group and I was bringing up the rear so I was a distance away from the action.  She was a little freaked out by the whole thing.  Sadly, it wasn’t the first time I’ve seen something like this.

This type of thing happens at our school more often than you’d think.  We seem to have lots of angry little people in our charge. 

What is the reason for this?  Why are they so angry? 

I’m posing the questions. 

I don’t have the answers.

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3 thoughts on “So This Happened Today

  1. Pingback: * Follow up to “So this happened today” | Teachezwell Blog

  2. I don’t know but it’s a great question. When I see young kids on the edge, they are frequently over-stressed by unreasonable academic demands. Or they may be in classes where the teacher hasn’t been able to establish a sense of community or effective behavior management. Or they may in a kind of culture war, where the school (teachers and school culture) don’t even remotely resemble their own culture and home values. Those would be my top three guesses. Let me know what you think.

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