Thoughts On Sunday

I am planning the week ahead but also dreaming of the months to come. The present isn’t exactly what I wish it was but I know things will be better and there are steps I have to take to get there.

Today in youth group, one of my students misbehaved. When I called her on it, she flounced out of the room, refused to engage with me when I pursued her, resisted the very mild punishment I meted out. Now, I have very limited experience being the teacher of a twelve year old girl, absolutely no experience as the parent of a twelve year old girl but I was a twelve year old girl once. I know that when we become adults, we recall our teen and pre-teen years as carefree and golden but I am sure I recall that the reality is less so. I remember moments of angst and mild confusion, of feeling caught between childhood and adulthood and everything else that goes along with that. I don’t want to be another source of conflict for a child who has come into my sphere of influence but I also can’t tolerate a bad attitude. Yet, I refuse to give up on my students so in my planning for the week ahead, I am also planning how to better engage her the next time we meet. Suggestions welcome!

This week, my writing goal is to finish the draft for a novel idea I’ve been working on. It means lots of intense writing but I can get it done if I stay focused. On the wellness front, I need to eat better. I’ve been skipping breakfast and I think it’s been hurting rather than helping. I have some great videos planned, one of which is a discussion on The New Negro, a book about Alain Locke, written by Jeffrey Stewart and for which, I am attending an author talk on Tuesday. I am pretty excited about attending and sharing the experience with you. I have a YouTube video scheduled on Wednesday. Speaking of YouTube, I am poised to hit 1000 subscribers. At last count, I was at 999 and looking forward to reaching that great milestone. I am humbled and pleased about anyone who watches and likes my videos to commit to watching more of them. If you already follow me there, thank you. If you don’t, I would love to interact with you there as well. 

I’ve been curating and selling the Runwright Read Book Boxes on my Etsy shop and I love putting the packages together. I have a few orders to deliver on Valentines Day and that’s pretty exciting so my goal is to get those together as well. Check it out here if you’d like to order one to be shipped.  

Other than that, I plan to read 3 books this week and I have a weekend event to attend with a select few of the kids and some things to organize with that so this is set to be a busy but probably very rewarding week and I am looking forward to it.  Like I said in the beginning,  the present isn’t exactly what I wish it was but I know things will be better and there are steps I can take to get there. It’s Sunday night and I am going to start working.

I wish you a productive and rewarding week ahead also. 


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hmm, 12 year olds. I teach 8th grade. I had this girl with the worst attitude. One day I noticed her drawing and realized she liked anime. I asked about it and she told me all about it, her art, and we created a connection. The fact that I showed interest made her respect me. That’s if you can solve it by winning her over. If it’s a discipline issue, be firm and show her how childishly she is behaving and ask her if she’s not ashamed of acting as a toddler in front of everyone. They think they’re sooo mature and she may feel offended and want to show she’s such an adult by changing her behavior lol

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  2. I’ve been away from blogging so much, I didn’t know you became a teacher? Very cool!
    12 years old, that’s just a tough age. I don’t know if I can be any help there, other than some kids just like the attention and usually those who want it it’s because something else is going on in their lives. Targetting that “something else” may be difficult or impossible to find out, but like the comment above I do think to find a connection. You don’t want to become her friend you still need to be respected, but you can definitely show interest in something that you notice about her taking care to portray, maybe it’s something she does or wears… It may take a bit of observation, but your a writer and you have one thing going for you because all writers are highly observant, so in time I think you’ll figure out a way to reach her. Good luck!!

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