pooped asked: Question: I have a kid who is justice oriented (with little reason): "Why does Other Teacher do this and we don't?" We do. Plus my kids have more extra credit opportunities than OT's kids. How would you deal with this? I'm sick of the back and forth.
I’ve dealt with this by being straight: “I’m not OT and OT isn’t me. We do things differently. Consider this a lesson in life because not everyone does things the same and you have to deal with it.” Don’t deflect and say, “I don’t know.”
I’ve had students who had me as a teacher and then when they moved on to another teacher they didn’t like the way OT did it and would come back to me and complain. I just say, “Look, I’m flattered you like me, but there’s nothing I can do for you other than listen and say I recognize your frustrations. The real learning happens when you adapt to your new environment.”
But if the kid is truly being a pest after your simple explanation. It’s time to pull the “end of discussion/not a debate card.” At that point, the kid is using his complaints as reason to not be on task or do work, which could be consequences of another sort. It’s been a rare time when I have had the, “I told you we are not discussing this further. You are trying to deflect from doing your task. If you don’t do the task, we’ll have a problem.”
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