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At Least It’s Just Himself He’s Biting, Right?

, , , , , | Learning | February 13, 2020

(I teach third grade and have just gotten a new student. The class is in the library when he arrives and after introductions, he and I are standing on the opposite side of the library from the rest of class. He is painfully shy and nervous, so he doesn’t want to approach the class yet. I am trying to make him feel better.) 

Me: “It’s okay, honey. They don’t bite.” *smiles*

Student: *looking at the class* “But that kid is biting…”

(I look over to see that one of my students is in fact, biting himself on the arm. I am speechless for a moment trying to think of something to say, and I come up with this.)

Me: “Yeah, he does that sometimes. We just ignore it.”

(The poor child was afraid to approach the class for another 30 minutes, during which time we returned to our classroom. I put him in a group with my nicest and most relaxed students. He has now gotten over his nervousness and has made friends… none of whom bite themselves or anyone else.)

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