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It feels like I always go backwards... 
8th-Dec-2012 01:53 pm
Psych (Gus grins)
I teach year 2/3s (7, 8, 9 year olds) and have these two students, K and A, who are BFFs.

K joined my class after term one, A after term two. K was quite lonely in my class, because the others had already formed friendship groups, and no matter how much I suggested my other students include him, they would often let him fall by the wayside. As soon as A arrived, K latched onto him and they've been firm friends since. These boys are constantly seen in one another's company during break;- chat amicably during class (sometimes to the point where I have to separate them, or no work will be done.) One of the sweetest things I've seen is them holding hands on multiple occasions. With absolutely no shame, I might add, they just go around holding hands, which fills me with the utmost glee. They're really too adorable. I purposely suggested they be in the same class next year, because they're so supportive of one another.

Well, I found out two days ago that A is going to a new school next year. And I honestly think I'm a little bit heartbroken. I'm already feeling a little weepy because it's December and I always seem to around this time of year, but the idea of these two not getting to be together is really bringing me down. I hope they each make other friends, of course, but equally I hope they stay in contact with each other.
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8th-Dec-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
I've been where both those lads are -- I attended five different schools between the ages of 6 and 12, because my stepfather's jobs had my parents moving so often. It's terribly, terribly hard to make friends, especially since the schools here tend to track a set of students together (put them in the same classroom year after year.) Even if you come into the school at the start of the year, the rest of the kids have been together since they were five or six years old -- some of them even earlier if their parents are friends or if they have older siblings going through school together -- and there's really no way for a new student to fit in unless they're incredibly charismatic.

At least K will be in a familiar setting, even if he's still without a set of friends. A, poor guy... a new school every year, and no guarantee of another K waiting for him at the next one.
10th-Dec-2012 09:34 am (UTC)
Yeah :(

While we don't do that, here; students are regularly mixed up among difference classes and we frequently have classes of composite grades, kids still know each other from having been at the same school, whereas K was in Japan before.
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