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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Simon Says

I have a child in my class whose name is NOT Simon, but for the purposes of this posting, will be referred to as Simon. I'm calling him Simon because every day, if I want him to do anything, I have to actually address him by name. If I don't, it's like he doesn't even hear me.

If I say to the class, "Boys and girls, please take out your science books," then everyone in the class will take out their science books, EXCEPT for Simon. He'll just sit there at his desk, totally oblivious to the actions going on around him. However, if I say, "Simon, please take out your science book," THEN he'll do as he's asked. And he's very consistent about this. It's not a once or twice occurrence.

So I've started making requests in the following manner:

"Simon, and everyone else, please take out your science books."

"Simon, and everyone else, please stop writing and take out something to grade with."

"Be sure to bring your jackets, Simon (and everyone else)."

Simon Says: clean your ears out!!


Anonymous said...

Simon was the smart chipmonk. Alvin, you had to yell at

Mister Teacher said...

Yes but Simon Says is the game where you don't do anything unless Simon specifically tells you to. That's more along the lines of what I was going for here.

Mrs. T said...

When they do this at the high school it's usually more out of defiance and less out of general spaciness.
This boy sounds like a mess!

Anonymous said...

Simon has outsmarted you & now he controls you. Think about it.

Mister Teacher said...

If by "outsmarted" you mean "annoyed the hell out of," and if by "controls" you mean "really bugs," then I agree with you completely!

Anonymous said...

That's what he's going for. He's a kid playing a headgame with an adult...and he's winning. He knows he's under your skin. Make him your assistant. Put him in charge of something. Give him some kind of acknowlegement. Do that & you will win him over. Take his power away without him realizing it. Freely give him the attention he has been manipulating out of you. BTW, I'm not the person who mentioned the chipmunks above.

Mister Teacher said...

Actually, we will have to agree to disagree here. This kid is definitely not playing mind games with anyone.
But thanks for the suggestions!