It was wonderful to be back in Mrs. Sutliff's class again, and it's crazy to know how much the students have changed since I left them 3 weeks ago. One of the struggling students who was in the process of being tested for ADD Is doing much much better! The whole three weeks she has improved so much! She is much happier, calmer and mature. Another student was diagnosed with a behavior disorder and is receiving the help he needs, so he has grown so much stronger. But, another student had his medicine switched, and now his ADHD is off the charts, which is very concerning. Another student, who has such a sweet heart, was removed from his mother's home. This has caused quite the obstacle for him as he has transitioned to live with his aunt and uncle, but it is very evident that this is taking a toll on him, as his hair is slicked back and his outfit transformed from sports shirts and jeans to "rockstar" clothes. That doesn't describe him. While the students were taking a spelling test, the students fell really far behind the other students. He knew the information, but he wasn't focused because of the difficult things going on at home. It's amazing to hear all the different stories that students endure at home and how some are happy, but some are heart breaking.
Each students' individual story is enough to change the world. Their pasts transform them into beautiful children who have so much to offer this world. One student who was born in Iraq, but is headed back to the country on March 18th, which is very soon! I can see it in her eyes that she is terrified, and if I was in her position I would feel the same way. There is so much terror that occurs there, and the transition from the culture here, where she has lived her whole life, to Iraq, would be quite the challenging obstacle. Fortunately, she has tons of family in Iraq, so she will at least feel a tad comfortable, but she has never met them (that she can remember). And she's going to meet her older sister for the first time! And that is so exciting! But, it is scary to know that this is where she's headed, and I am very surprised to hear about this because most people don't transition from the U.S. To Iraq during a scary time like this. I am hoping that her family was on a green card and that has expired, rather than a family emergency. On a more positive note, the students are having a wonderful time utilizing fun math games to help them learn multiplication! One game is like bingo with multiplication and the other is a little difficult to explain, but it is a number line game. These ideas are helping the students strive in the classroom!!