Intellectually, I knew we needed it. People are not angels. We are capable of wronging other people. So without a set of rules and means to enforce them, kids would be free to hurt anyone they wanted. Adults, too, for that matter. So, I accepted it. I just didn’t embrace it.
Slowly but surely, that feeling changed. The first time I used JC, it was over purposeful flatulence in my face. The student who did it had to leave me alone for awhile as a consequence. It’s sad that it had to come to that point, but after that I held JC dear in my heart, not just my head.
Now I use JC all the time. To warn students who feel they have a right to harass me. To report messes. I’ve even written myself up for accidental breakage.
So, for those who doubt JC, know that I’ve been there. But also know that it’s exactly what our schools need.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff