my students well, they are thought to be the worst of the worst. By
the main stream educators.
They have been bullied, expelled, or are at school on court order.
One of my student’s parents were told that in third class he should
go to a home.
Well this young man 15 years old made a silver ring for his
girlfriend and did a quality job. He is one of the nicest kids you
could wish for in class. He can’t believe how the teachers treat him.
Like a person. When his dad came to school for the end of term meal,
we put on a BBQ for everyone, he could not believe that teachers came
up to him and shook his hand and said what a good kid he had.
We have a practicum student at the moment, I asked her to look out
the staff room window at the canteen tables and note that teachers are
sitting and talking to students. Did not happen in her school, I
actually taught her sisters at another school.
Yes give us the mad, bad and brilliant and we will give you a person
who achieves to the best of their ability. We are a family, a bit
Addams like but a really cool place to be.
That said we do not have success with all of them. There are a few
extreme failures along the way. You can’t save them all. Some do go
But there is no greater pleasure than looking a student in the eye
at graduation and saying “We are proud of you.” Because we the
teachers know what obstacles that they have overcome.
That is why jewellery class is so magic. They never thought they
could make it but they did.
all the best