We love to highlight stories of our students who are learning how to thrive in our programs. The Faces of Harvest Hands is a bimonthly feature on the blog that takes turns showcasing our bright, talented, hardworking students. Today's story comes from Rachel, our Elementary Program Coordinator.
Some of our students have really struggled with being consistently safe with their actions. One student in particular, Markize (3rd grade), has been tripping/hitting/pushing other students during Enrichment almost every day since program began. I took him aside a few weeks ago and had a very candid and honest conversation with him.
As a wooer, his instinct was to plaster on a fictitious smile and simply agree with everything I said. When I called him out on it, he responded by saying, “I am so sorry Ms. Rachel. I know I’m not being safe with my mouth or my body.” This is such an encouraging thing to hear as a leader because it comes directly from the rules of "Hands On Behavior" that we go over with students regularly.
I then asked him to put how he was feeling into his own words. After some thought, this is the response I received: “I struggle with my anger and the reason I hit people is because I am trying to protect myself.” After explaining to him that un-instigated violence will never solve his problem(s) and that it will only lead to more dangerous situations, he looked at me and asked what I do when I get angry. Without really any direction from me, he turned this into a learning opportunity for himself, recognizing that he needed to explore other options and techniques to utilize when he finds himself reaching the point of violence.
We’ve got some pretty spectacular up-and-coming leaders on our hands, and it is a pleasure to watch them grow. Let this be a story of encouragement and hope for you, our students, and our families.