Every now and then, there's a kid who acts out in class. They don't pay attention and sometimes act inappropriate. These teachers tell us about how karma eventually caught up to these kids.
1. I interned in a class with this kid who always thought he was smarter than everyone else. He was pretty smart, but not by too much. He always got paired with kids not as smart as him, so he would always be really smug when dealing with them.
We learned he got that from his parents, during a parent teacher conference. His parents praised that boy up and down and thought he was the smartest kid in the school. They built him up as that and they got him thinking that too. Then they went off on my mentor teacher. She "wasn't providing him with higher enough education, she was bringing him down, she was terrible." The conference ended when my mentor teacher left the room crying after the verbal lashing.
Well about a week later, there was an event where parents came to watch their children in class. It was to watch them do math games with other students. Well my mentor teacher paired this smug little bastard with the actual smartest kid in class. The one who was working on more advanced classes after school.
The kid got shamed. His parents were so flustered during the event. They were very visibly nervous and upset looking as this kid got destroyed game after game. They left before it was all done and took him out of school for the rest of the day.
2. I had a student that was a real twerp. Always doing things he was not supposed to and purposely causing conflict with other students. He was a daily headache.
One day in class he stole a candied pepper from one of Hispanic students and ate it. It was a very hot pepper ( not sure of the type). At first I didn't notice cause he is a sneaky kid. He started to sweat and his sweat turned to tears. "I need to go to the bathroom,"he cried, "my mouth, my mouth!" I went to investigate and found out what happened. The karma payback plan was now collecting, and I refused to let him go get a drink and continued with the math instruction in hopes of teaching him a lesson.
For the next few minutes he pleaded with me to go to the nurse with tears running down his face. I said "I do not negotiate with thieves." He started running around in circles. It wasn't until he started sobbing and crying out "I just want my mom," that I finally felt bad and said,"If I take you to the nurse are you ever going to act out in class again?" He promised that he wouldn't, and he never did. The tears and sobbing in front if his peers broke his ego and he was a stellar student for the rest of the school year. (I teach middle school)
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