Reflecting back on my favorite teachers in grade school, I realize that most of them had class pets. Somehow, those teachers just seemed more fun and I actually looked forward to being in their classes.
So I decided to get a class pet of my own. I felt that the responsibility of daily feeding, plus the potential for fostering the pet over breaks, would be a great way to help my students with EBD grow, mature, and increase their positive behaviors. I also knew they would love the opportunity to play with something other than a board game (LIFE is an amazing game to reward students’ work on reading and basic computation skills, by the way!).
During our fall break, I purchased a guinea pig that, at least according to the salesperson, may have his own form of EBD. He is very active and loves to randomly run around his cage bucking like a bull and knocking things over. I was told he even “bullied” others to get to the Timothy Hay he loves so much. I instantly knew that he was the perfect pet for my students!