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I have a student who is… well… annoying. Now I know that’s not a very nice thing to say but I feel the need to tell it like it is. (I actually have several students who drive me insane on a regular basis, but tonight, one particular gem comes to mind.)

This particular student has a flair for the dramatics. Everything he says is a production, and usually doesn’t make a lick of sense. When other students call him on it, and tell him, “That doesn’t make any sense. Why would you say something like that?” he feels the need to expand on his nonsensical ideas. Lately, before I call on him, I have to say to him, “Think about your answer. Is it relevant? Is your answer based in reality? Or are you going to need a few minutes to convince us that your answer could, under a very set of completely improbable conditions, perhaps not be too far beyond the realm of possibilities?”

All randomness aside, the other thing that vexes (one of our vocabulary words) me about him, is his looks. Yes. I said it. When I met this child two years ago, as a sixth grader, there was something very familiar about him. His looks, his build, his mannerisms… At first I thought maybe Sloth, from The Goonies. But, that wasn’t quite right.

Tonight, while I was watching an old holiday favorite, it hit me. He’s totally the Abominable Snow Man from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

And just when I thought I had enough problems taking him seriously.

Here’s to making it through this holiday season.

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