I have an over-sensitive first grader named "Adam."
He has a lot of issues going on at home, so it's easy for me to be compassionate rather than short tempered when he starts talking in his kermit-the-frog voice and when he laughs long and loud at completely inappropriate times.
The problem for me comes whenever I give him a direction. He equates my "teacher" face with an "I'm gonna hurt you" face. I don't yell my directions. I say please and thank you when I give directions. I am not a mean teacher (I promise!). But for whatever reason, he will misinterpret the look I have on my face, point accusingly at me, and say:
"You're MAD at me!"
I've stopped numerous times to explain that I am not mad at him, that this look on my face means that I'm serious - not mad. But he's still not getting it.
I have the guidance counselor working with him (and with me!) about it, so I think there's some hope.
In the meantime, I guess I'll just have to be super conscious of my eyebrows when I give a direction!!
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