Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Goodbye, Asia


It's funny how sometimes I do get the ending to the story.

Remember Asia? A couple weeks ago, I covered for a special ed teacher. By a strange sort of luck, I happened to be talking to another special ed teacher, and the topic of Asia came up. That other teacher had Asia on her case load. (She was the special ed teacher keeping track of Asia.)

The reason that Asia came up at all? They had just had a meeting about her (and with her), and they had come up with an alternative placement for her. As of that day, she was gone.

I got a chance to verify this the following week when I again covered for the science teacher. (Here's a link to that post.) The only class I was dreading was 6th period. But, I discovered on the teacher's rosters that Asia was no longer in her class. (A withdrawn note was put next to her name.) Hooray!

Only...

6th period was finishing up the movie Super Size Me. (The health classes do a unit on nutrition, and they hit fast food pretty hard. It's a great series of lessons.) I got the class started, and then the door opened.

Asia. (Several students had lamented that "their friend" wasn't in class. I think they were baiting me. I ignored the statement.) She needed to "pick up something". She proceeded to hug half the students in class all the while talking about how she just needed one thing.

I gave her a couple minutes, but then it was time to shoo her out of class.

"Bye, Asia," I said.

"Well, you don't have to say it like that!" she responded.

Deep sigh. At least now she's gone. (And hopefully her new placement will be a much better fit for her.)

It was amazing how much easier that class was to handle with her gone. Still some issues, but not nearly as pronounced.

26 comments:

  1. Nice when they remove a problem student from your load.
    I hope some of those students learned from Super Size Me.

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  2. So sad for her, too, to have the problems she has and to cause the disruptions she did in class. I too hope it is a better fit where she is at currently.

    betty

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  3. Aww! Poor Asia! Now what will you blog about? lol.

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  4. I've rarely eaten at McDonald's since seeing that film! I bet it's an interesting series of lessons.

    If Asia's been moved to a different place does that mean you might still run into her if you get called to cover at that school? She'll think you're stalking her.

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    1. They are. Lots of great information.

      Yeah, I could see Asia again. I have a feeling she ended up in opportunity. I occasionally end up there.

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  5. That movie made a big impact on my grandkids! Glad you didn't have to deal with Asia.

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    1. I'm so glad it did. People don't realize how important good nutrition can be.

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  6. I'm happy that the school actually hits on nutrition!!! And that the problem student was removed.

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    1. Oh yes, health class hits all those topics pretty hard. Hopefully the kiddos get it.

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  7. She's probably still convinced you're the enemy. And Super Size Me? Really? Doesn't the school know that was faked?

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  8. One person can really stir up a crowd. Look at Trump's influence. Before he appeared, racism seemed like it was finally starting to go away. Now it's back with a violent vengeance. After he gets elected, lynchings will probably return. I just hope Hillary wins.

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  9. One student can sure mess up a class.

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    1. Yup. Just today, as a matter of fact.

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  10. Yeahhhhh! Asia has hit the road. That calls for a nice drink whether it be wine, a martini or a nice tea

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    1. I'll stick to water, but I appreciate the sentiment.

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  11. Hi Liz - it can't have been easy ... I do hope she will be ok in the years ahead, and in the meantime the others will learn from the situation and from the film. Cheers Hilary

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  12. I hope she thrives in the new school. What did they think of the movie?

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    1. I don't know if she's actually off campus. As for the movie, they didn't say.

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  13. I wonder what will happen to Asia in the coming years. But, in the meantime, you've earned your sigh of relief. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. If I run into her again, I'll let you know.

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  14. It is amazing how one person can change a dynamic. Hopefully she'll do better at the new place.

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