Hello? Are you there? Were you not paying attention or are you just an asshole with an attitude? The title above is a sentence taken from an email sent to me, my husband his ex-wife regarding the 12-year-old, his student. Where can I begin this post without using all the profanity I know? As I have mentioned in earlier posts my step daughter is ADHD and needs a little encouragement from time to time. She is a great kid, but her focus and concentration are AWOL. Teachers need more education regarding ADHD. It affects the executive function of the brain so yeah she will space off! She will be disorganized and seem as if she doesn’t care. So we all had a meeting with the teachers at the beginning of the year to address this issue and to submit to the school the report from the pediatric neurologist. The doc wrote specific things that teachers can do to help her out. Such as coming around and gently reminding her to stay on track, bring her back to reality or remind her that she can redo a test to get a better grade. I realize that burdening teachers with modifications specific to each ADHD kid is ridiculous thinking on the parents part. I get it. But sending an email saying that this kid seemingly wants to fail or that she stared at her paper because she doesn’t care is asinine! I think he wasn’t paying attention at the parent teacher conference because his email sure does make you think he wasn’t.
So I should have a great weekend and talk to my kid on how to better get her on track and what all this means to her math class. Excuse me asshole did you not get any of my emails? The ones that inform you and tell you that she is ADHD and that we need some accommodation for her. Or the ones in which I have specifically asked about extra credit or redo’s for better grades. Every fucking thing he addressed in his email is something we warned might happen because she is ADHD. She is reading in class? What is she reading? Is she reading the directions or staring at her paper not knowing what to do? Or is she reading some Zombie book she checked out from the library? CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC!!! Is she being defiant or just quiet? Sure does help when addressing the issue with her as you requested!
I don’t know about you but I as an ADHD person myself can see how this fucking moron is probably making her feel. She is probably withdrawing and staying quiet so he doesn’t notice her and single her out in class as to what a kid should not be doing in his class. I am not making excuses for students with disabilities. I believe 100% that a child needs to work on his limitations and make themselves a routine that can help them with school, at least at 12 years old. They should be participating in their “accommodations” and moving forward. But, there is accommodation for a reason and mandatory for that matter. So get your head out of your ass and be a good teacher.
We are born inquisitive and with the inherent need to learn. It is inevitable. So before you say kids are lazy try and understand how they feel when they KNOW they are failing and don’t know how to progress. But when you give someone a lesson in a language that is not native or known to them you are bound to have disinterested people. ADHD is like that. I want to do it but your math worksheets are in another language and there is no one willing to sit down with me, take their time to explain it and help me with it so I can feel like I can do it. No one want to fail for the sake of failing. NO ONE!
Afterthought: Please don’t be offended if you are a teacher this is only me venting to one specific teacher not all teachers as a whole. I don’t believe in judgement of others as a group.