dreaming of free draw day
I have a 4th grade student that sleeps in class. Let's call him Jay. I've brought this issue up to his parents, last year's teachers, this year's teacher, and admin. Jay does better for a while but then he goes back to sleep.
Now, I like Jay. He's a character, and when he's awake he's got some interesting things to say. Especially about basketball. He LOVES basketball. I know nothing about basketball. Now I know a little bit more then nothing and it's because of Jay. His class earned a free draw day right before break. Jay's art is my favorite so far. He draws his passion and because I know this kid, his drawings are special, just like Jay.
Judging and reporting kids for their behavior in class is what teachers are taught to do. But after a while you get sick of reporting and you just want to get to know the kid behind the behavior. Jay's next project is designing his own team jersey. I imagine Jay's eyeballs popping out of head. At least I hope not, because then I'd have to report it.
Maybe Jay is dreaming about making art. Chagall did it. Van Gogh is quoted to have said, "I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." As an art teacher I encourage my students to think outside the box, even outside this realm. If you let a kid dream enough he will be great.
Be great Jay.