The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.....

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.....
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 1:36pm

Of course most of us are back to work by now, for some, it's the second week or third week, for most it's the first week and you know the drill..........

"I want my momma, I want to go home" The kindergarten teacher has 3 like that. OMG!!

The middle schoolers are already getting uniform violations. "We didn't know" but your little brother and sister have on their uniform. You and your parents were here on orientation, you do know"

We did get more specials and more assistance, which I love. We were promised a raise after count day, which I hope to god they don't re-nig on, and we got more equipment, the school has been repaired and it really looks pleasant around here..........

Downside, last years "hardheads" are right back with the same old "mess" fighting in the lunch line, using inappropriate language, you name it.

In my class, I have some pretty "dim bulbs" hate to say it, but they need reassurance on everything. It is already starting to test my last good nerve.......

Me: Please write your spelling words

Student 1: We gotta write them all

Me: Please complete the math assessment on your desk

Student 2: We gotta do it all

Me: Good Morning New Student, please sit down and write your spelling words (thirty minutes later he's on number 10, when there are 18 words) Are you okay, do you need me to help you?

Student: No, I can do it. (30 more minutes later he finishes) That's right 1 hour for 18 words, did I mentioned he stretched yawn and fidgeted for the whole time. However, when it was movement time, he didn't move.

I have 2 in here who need glasses, can hardly see the board, but they are trying their best.

I have 2 more who think they are on Star Search and have been singing and humming so much already that I had to call a "truce" because it was too much. (Seriously, these girls hum all day long)

Overall, if we stick the guidelines we set, things will be better this year. I have to say I am almost optimistic.



Edited 9/4/2008 4:24 pm ET by greatteacher32
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Thu, 09-04-2008 - 8:33pm

Hey, GT! You've been quiet lately. I'm glad things are better. You deserve it. It sounds like you have the same issues that everyone faces. I know you can get them on track. It always takes time to get them to believe that you mean business and you won't accept what they got away with in the past.

So far my classes seem great. They are smaller than usual. This is the first semester that they have to have taken Praxis I before they can take any class after Intro to Education. The procrastinators and perennially uninformed learned that they couldn't register without



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Fri, 09-05-2008 - 7:08am

I can top that. When I was teaching fulltime, I had a kid who claimed to worship Satan.

Beth "Petrouchka"

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Sat, 09-06-2008 - 11:31am
Lol I have my forth graders with violations already and have been flooded with parental requests for special ed testing....the climate has been sooooooo much better this year!!!!!

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Mon, 09-08-2008 - 7:07pm

lol Your post made me laugh. I am a sub. New thisyear. School has been in since mid aug. here so I have been pretty busy. Here I can work every day if I wanted they are so short on subs. ANYWAY...

speaking of singing...I had a singer in my 1st grade class today. She just wouldn't stop. I don't have a clue why the kids had one hour of self selected reading. It was just soooo long. I know they pull the really low kids out then to do one on one but it was like torture for the rest of the students to be expected to sit quiet for one hour and read. Ugh. Well singer girl just wouldn't be quiet. I finally told the students we'd take a break. WE stretched. We got to talk for a few min, then I invited her up to the front of the class (quietly) to sing for us. ahhhh, she was quiet the rest of the day. :)