"Behavior: Chemical or Emotional ?"
Many, many years ago I remember teaching a wonderful classroom of students. One male student was very respectful, but it was always a challenge to remind him each morning to not sleep during first period class. He would comply. Several years after him graduating, I met him in a local store and we began reflecting on many school events and positive class conversations. He then asked me, Ms Prowell, “Do you remember when I was always so sleepy during your first period class?” I answered, yes. He said, “Ms. Prowell - I was drunk.” I was totally taken. He (now an adult) assured me that he and his family were all well now. I must ask you, the reader- as parents and educators, “What service options are we providing students for getting back on track when their behavior and conduct has become repeatedly irrational , unpredictable, and progressive?” Is it possible that the child could be experiencing chemical dependence? Because they are minors, are there any Pro-Active treatment options available BEFORE a crime is committed? Most employers have a clause in their company’s policy that allows employees to enter voluntary treatment and after successful completion, are able to return to work. Our youth face many family and relationship obstacles. Their classroom misbehavior may not just be a discipline problem! They may NEED help that only a caring system/organization could recognize and advocate assistance.
Read more in "School Readiness for Parents & Children, K-12" www.resolved-2010.comYou cannot deal with a teen’s other emotional problems, nor can they if they are self-medicating with alcohol, pot, cocaine, inhalants, crystal meth or other drugs until first they get clean and sober. After detox and rehab, it is important they keep in a 12-step recovery program like AA and NA where they learn new behavior and a new, disciplined, spiritual and honest way of dealing with themselves and others. http://www.projectknow.com/research/discipline/