There's one particular student that always has his grandmother do everything for him. Before getting to the door, she'll take off his book bag and jacket, drop his folder in the bin, hang up his stuff and rush him into the bathroom to encourage him to relieve himself and wash his hands. He was basically going down the path of Jizanthapus from Louis C.K.'s daughter's school. For the remainder of this reflection, we'll call this student Jizanthapus. We've spoken to Jizanthapus' grandmother to allow him to do things for himself. We want to prepare them for kindergarten so it's easier for our kindergarten teachers when they move up.
I wanted to put a stop to this. It didn't help that Jizanthapus had been fooling around in the bathroom the previous day. Ms. Chin had caught him in the stall crouching next to the handle, repeatedly flushing it. Jizanthapus had always been mischievous, whether it's locking the bathroom stall and crawling out, starting fights with other children, and simply doing things he isn't supposed to.
I had confronted him about his bathroom shenanigans during the table activity and he flat out lied and denied it. Eventually, he would confessed to the shenanigans and I sternly told him not to do it again. During snack, he darted straight for the closet again and I cut him off. I told him that he needed to take out his snack in the morning and if he kept this up, I wouldn’t allow him to get his snack again. He stared at me with a confused look and I told him to get his snack for today. Like he always does, he knocked down a jacket and was going to leave it if I didn’t intervene. It was the exact point I wanted to make and I told him to fix the mess he made.
As he sadly attempted to hang up the jacket with no hanging strap or hood, he stared at me with the guilty look he'd always give. I turned for a second and caught him trying to stuff the jacket into a box. I ordered him to hang it up. Eventually, he'd finally hang up the jacket, knock it off again, and successfully latch it onto a hook and finally get his snack out to enjoy.
Today, as Jizanthapus came in, the first thing he dropped off was his snack and water by himself. I don't think my Jizanthanpus may be extreme as the evil stuck out of time Louis' kid is, but at least he won't knock over other kids' things anymore (I hope).