Student: This is so unfair. It's ridiculous.
Me: What was?
Student: My teacher emailed me at 7:30 last night and told me to meet him this morning to talk about my grade. How was I supposed to know that he sent that email?
Me: Well why did he do that?
Student: Well, I emialed him to ask to meet about my grade.
Me: Ok, so you are mad that a teacher replied within 30 minutes to YOUR email about YOUR grade that you sent after hours? You didn't bother to check for a response?
Student: Ok. You're right. I see your point.
Me; I'm not even making a point. I'm just asking questions.
My first instinct is to laugh at how absurd this is. The kid is mad for no reason and really has no one to blame but himself. Here's the thing though, the kid is just learning. He is trying to figure out how to communicate with other people and adults. It's a process and we as teachers should use these moments to help our students understand better ways to communicate. Being frustrated and helpful now is better than allowing them to grow up into adults that don't know how to communicate with other adults. I've had these people as coworkers and it's way more frustrating.
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