Anxiety Attacks – Privacy vs. Safety

“Can I answer my phone? It’s my mom,” a high school student once asked me when I was substitute teaching. We were in the middle of a lesson; I said no. A few minutes later, she got up and left the classroom without a word. My automatic initial reaction was to reassert my authority by calling her back and disciplining her, but I noticed she looked more anxious than defiant, so I decided if it was that important to her then I’d be “the good guy” and allow her to leave, presumably to call her mother back. I continued...

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