A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.” —
Bam. Kids “misbehave” for actual, real, valid reasons. And have feelings.
Uneventful today turned into eventful today (slightly):
- Makin’ my way downtown (to get lost on one way streets)
- Cashmere Tea Latte (iced) at Kissaten - black tea with almond & vanilla flavorings
- Kalihi-Palama public library for the first time to be encouraged by the receptionist to turn in the DVDs late
- Saw how scary the Wilson tunnel is
- Mother driving 20 MPH over speed limit
- Going into Costco to just use the bathroom
- Music gig sheets came in - can’t wait until July (:
Nothing like a huge stack of sheet music to make you feel like practicing! (Yep, that’s what came in the mail today ;D) So excited!
It’s that time of year again, that time of year when a community college from LA sends some of its music students over on tour to Hawaii… and they play cool shows for a week or two!
While they send over some players from the band side, it seems that the strings they need keep coming from here in Hawaii. This means that I get to play for another year with them! And this year… It’ll be even more interesting (:
1970’s DANCE PARTY
- July 4, 5, 6, and 13
- 7-10 PM
- RumFire Nightclub at the Sheraton Waikiki
GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK with JIMMY BORGES
- July 11 and 12
- 7-9 PM
- Moana Surfrider
Hope to see you guys there ;D
I link my sister a picture of a cute fat kitten and she links me a Google image search result page of WEEPING ANGELS in return.
WHY YOU -shakes fist-