Adrian had his first melt down yesterday. If you remember reading about his condition (Day 52—Where to Start), then you know that he has the ability to erupt quickly and violently. Thankfully, this was only a 3.0 on the Adrian Melt Down Richter Scale. It went like this…
Every day, I allot thirty minutes for our class to do RAK’s (random acts of kindness) for the school—cleaning windows, picking up trash outside, running errands for teachers, assisting students with learning disabilities in various activities, setting up chairs in our auditorium for assemblies—anything to help my students get outside of themselves and focus on other people.
Currently, we have been helping collect and arrange cans of food for our Thanksgiving Day food drive. While organizing some of the cans in the storage room behind our theatre, Adrian began getting a little rambunctious. When it became clear that he could not control himself, I decided it was best to take him back to the classroom. That’s all it took.
He instantly grew angry and defiant, refusing to go into the classroom. He argued, complained, whined about the unfairness of the situation, then argued some more. But after calmly trying to coax him into the room, and after adamantly telling me “NO!” about 12 times, Adrian finally slid across the wall and inside the door that I was holding open for him.
The bad news: For the next twenty minutes, he paced the room, punted chairs, threw his P.E. clothes, punched his desk, and screamed his displeasure in my face. The good news: He eventually calmed down, and I did not have to have him arrested.
When informing my administration of the issue, they were surprised that he was able to settle down. They said that typically when he gets to that level, he does not have the capability of coming down off of the cliff. I guess you have to take any small victory you can get when you work in a classroom like ours.
Is it Thanksgiving Break yet?