A Tangerine, A Hug, and 40 Winks
Here are common reasons a student might be misbehaving, low performing, or withdrawn during the school day:
- Lack of sleep
- Missed medication
- A headache or other pain
- A conflict at home
- A conflict with a peer
- Didn’t do homework
- Starved for attention
A parent gave me a bag of fresh picked tangerines this week and I was amazed at how quickly students wanted to grab one and eat it right up. Those tangerines flew out of the bag—it was like putting a drop of water on a dry sponge. Our students want to be healthy. More often than not, the answer to any of the above problems is a hug or a tangerine. And, of course, the other usual suspect: the single most impactful thing almost any of our students or teachers can do to gain in happiness and functionality instantly is: sleep.
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