Weekly Vent........

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Weekly Vent........
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Sat, 09-30-2006 - 10:52am

Okay, I am gonna start it and you guys chime in. I am sure we all have something to vent about....

It's not that we don't love what we do and are not grateful to have a job, but sometimes the "crap" can get next to you.....

UGH!!!On Thursdays my students turn in their homework packs. They get a reading log (which I am aware that some of you hate, heeheehee) a handwriting sheet, one reading paper, a math paper and a science paper.....

So that's five sheets. Reviews of things we have gone over in class. Nothing new. So not only do I have 3 kids absent (who will try to stroll up to me on Monday with it) I had 17 kids turn it in ontime and correct, (they received a free pizza coupon) but the others either didn't do it or tried to turn it in INCOMPLETE.....

5 of the 10 turned in their homework half done and the others, RIPPED OFF THE FIRST TWO SHEETS AND TRIED TO HAND ME THE REST.....

I was so upset, because these are the same children who go home and lie and say I wouldn't accept their homework. What are you talking about?? You tried to hand it in late, undone or only half the pack......

I don't give it to you that way, why should I accept it?? UGH!!!!

Then we had our "Paragon Celebration" Paragon is our Social Studies curriculum and every month we have to "put on a show" to show what we learned......

So the classes are at the performance, just talking and making noise and NONE of the teachers in the room would even try to make the kids calm down.....

I am standing up there trying to be the "MC" and feeling quite frustrated cause noone could hear me.....

Next we come to yesterday's "PD" day. It wasn't just to show us how to do a PSAP (Personal Student Achievement Plan) It was to tell us how we are not following procedure. Grant it, they are again only talking to a "few" people, 3 tops, but had to have us all in a meeting to make sure that we all get the message......

I am there on time. I turn in my lesson plans. I have great classroom management. My kids are in uniform. I am on my hall duty in the morning. I turn in all info on time that is requested of me. Yet, I still had to hear how OTHERS were not making the cut. But I am, so why did I have to be subject to the reprimand.....

Again, with our students if everyone is yelling and playing and being noisy, how can you decipher the one or two who is not. But if you only have ONE or TWO who are breaking the rules and you see it, then shouldn't they be the ones to suffer and everyone be left alone??

Not to mention last week was count day for the State of Michigan and we had a raffle. 2 bikes and 4 X-boxes. There were some angry kids after the raffle. It was very hard to continue teaching my lessons after the raffle because they were all about to cry because they didn't win.....

Oh and did I mention that we were IOWA testing and a child came to school at 11:00, "I'm here to finish my test." I was like, no baby you can't come in now because we are on the last page of the test....

Then we come to my students "D" and "R".....

"D" is a super spoiled baby who wants me to walk him through everything, never reprimand him or tell him he has messed up and always wants people to be super nice to him, but IS NEVER NICE TO ANYONE.....

He puts his hands on people, lies on them, and even stuck a girl with a pencil...

"R" puts a large portion of her hand in her mouth and then touches everything and everyone and yet wanted to have "hurt" feelings when I told her not to touch me.....

I tried to find everyway possible to approach her in a positive way. She refused to take her hand out of her mouth.....

So, I licked my fingers and tried to touch her and she jumped back like I was a snake. I told her "that's exactly how I feel when you hand me papers with your slobber on it"...

She's extremely smart, but super-insecure and always asks ridiculous questions, yells out the answers all the time, climbed on the bathroom sink, smacked a girl on the back during our assembly and chews her barrettes....

So that was my week. But on the plus side, one month down and 9 more to go......

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Sat, 09-30-2006 - 1:17pm

Work is actually going fairly well. But of course there's always something to vent about.

We are supposed to be getting a new special ed teacher. Approved weeks ago, but you know these things take time. On MOnday, my principal called me in and told me that the new teacher was to be there on Tuesday, and would I please make yet another schedule for our SPED personnel. No problem - she offers me a half of a comp day, so I'm a happy camper. She was a bit distressed that they were sending her someone who was on a temporary certificate, but it was a man, so she decided she'd overlook that and put him in the class with the behavior disordered darlings.

I picked up a puking kid from school Monday afternoon, so I figured I'd take the day off on Tuesday. I stopped by school to make sure my sub knew what to do, and also to touch base with my principal about the new teacher. When I got there, she was in an uproar, on the phone, trying to figure out where the guy was, if he was a long-term sub or end-of-the-year hire or what. I went home to my child who was feeling fine and enjoying a free day from school. I put up my tent that I'd gotten monsooned on over the weekend, dried and waterproofed it. About noon, I got an email at home from my principal that the guy they were trying to send us had been fired. I apologized for LOL, but who can make things up that good?

The rest of the week was fairly uneventful. We are slowly getting our new room set up so we can move around in it. I was asked to sit in on a couple of interviews on Monday for the new teacher, so I will need to look for some interview questions. I am more of a listener than a talker, but I don't want to sit there speechless.

My main vent is with my childrens' school. They go to a Catholic school nearby that I am mostly happy with. There are a few items, though. One is the teacher that my 5th grader has for Science, Social Studies, and Religion. When she gives a "test" and my child makes a 1/8 and I talk to 3 other parents and their children have 1/8, 2/8, and 3/8, I think there is a problem. Not sure what it is, but these kids are average to above average students. It's been years since we've had an "F" average in a subject.

The other problem is their "lunch policies". It is supposedly a diocesan policy that all children buy lunch at school unless they have a letter from a doctor. Both of my kids are on ADD meds, and for my youngest, who is very picky and very small to begin with, he has no appetite as a side effect. Last spring after he had lost weight, and after being told by a few people who ate lunch at school with their kids that he ate NOTHING for lunch, I got a note from the doctor for him to bring his lunch. He was allowed to bring his lunch, and since it was near the end of the year, I continued to pay for his lunch. Nothing was ever said.

This year I started off the year with a doctor's note and refusing to pay for a lunch he was not going to eat. THey sent home another note to have filled out by the doctor, and I complied with that. Then I got a call saying that it wasn't a good enough reason for him to bring his lunch. They wanted him to get a tray and they would "monitor" him and still allow him to bring his lunch. He would not get a tray, and apparently they didn't insist that he picked one up. THen I got a call from the principal asking for a meeting. I was told that he would HAVE to get a tray, and then after his class had finished eating and had gone back to class, he would be allowed to sit in the office (where all the sick kids parade through) to eat his "snack". So now 3 days out of 6, he's come home with his "snack/lunch" not eaten. He had to get back to class. I told him to go through the line, get his tray, dump it, and then sit down at the table in the cafeteria and eat his lunch that I send. He said the AP told him he couldn't do that. (They are probably appalled at the idea of "wasting food" like that) I emailed her 2 days ago asking for "Plan B" and still haven't heard back from her.

I am ticked for several reasons. I am doing my part to help him be successful in school, but they can't allow him to eat some gold fish and drink a "sunny D" at a table in the cafeteria because there is a "policy" against bringing lunch?? Who is this policy supposed to help?? It surely is not helping my child (or several others who have migraines, etc). And the policy doesn't seem to exist in the diocesan high schools. Because I know how much a lawyer costs, I was willing just to cut my losses and throw $300 in lunch money in the trash. But they still won't allow him to eat the lunch I send in the cafeteria?? What's up with that? When he was bringing his lunch, he was eating. But NOOOOOO, the cafeteria lady can't have that.

If this was a public school, there'd be no issue. But since it's a Catholic school, they can have their own weird rules?? They ARE federally subsidized, however....

Karen

 


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Sat, 09-30-2006 - 3:44pm

Dang that is an awful lot to go through over a lunch.....

Federal Lunch Guidlines prohibit children from bringing food that has no nutritional value, but many schools don't follow it....

I think if you followed their rules and got a note from the doctor, then what's the big problem. They are making this out to be a big problem....

I know in my school, the kids will come with a huge bag of CRAP and then try to get a school lunch and then sit at the table and tease the other kids because they have two lunches....

So we stopped it. If they have a lunch from home, they cannot have the school lunch or trade lunches.....

In our situation, I could understand the crack down only because the kids will bring a pop and a bag of chips and say it's their lunch....

They have horrible eating habits and then complain about being hungry.....

I am a big person myself and yes love junk food. However, when it is time for a meal, I eat a meal, not a cupcake and call it lunch.....

Junk food is a snack, not lunch. But anywhoo.....

Sorry for the drama. Seems a little silly!!

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Sat, 09-30-2006 - 11:18pm

I hear ya on being reprimanded by the principal. I swear to G-d, every facutly mtg last year, we had to listen to the principal tell us that we must never leave our classes unattended, we can't give passes to lockers on certain days, we have to be out in the hallways during passing, yada, yada, yada. Jeeeeeeeeeeeez why do I have to sit thru this every other freaking week when I don't do any of those things, nor do most teachers in the school.

A couple of days ago he walked thru the library and saw kids playing cards. They were hiding behind their backpacks and I couldn't see it and just 2 mins before I walked right past them to tell a kid he can't sleep in the library. So the principal says to me "you really have to circulate" I was just there! I'm a librarian, not a monitor. I have to help students find books, complete research and help them on the computers. If he wanted a monitor he could pay her less than half my salary and save the district a lot of money.

I was telling my dh about him and he says the principal thinks the teachers are one step above the kids. He's so right. He does talk to us like we're kids. Why do so many people in supervisory positions have no people skills?!

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Sun, 10-01-2006 - 12:44am

Because they are great bs artists......

They always know what to do to get a job, but never know how to treat people once they get the job.....

Love teaching!!

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Sun, 10-01-2006 - 5:35pm

I agree! What benefit do they get from having a policy where food is wasted and kids don't eat anything. I suspect money is involved. They probably get a subsidy for each tray and if you pay and the kids have to eat at school, they make more money. It might also be convenience or some misplace nutrition thing. Either way, how can they override a doctor? Everyone knows ADD meds can reduce appetite. Surely they understand that eating something is more important to the

Sherry

 

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Wed, 10-04-2006 - 8:42pm

More venting.....

So this little whiny "arse" child comes to school today....

"My stomache hurts, I asked the secretary to call my momma".....

I told her, "I find it funny that you never stepped foot in the room. Why is that?"

"Cause I'm sick and I wanted her to call my momma"......

So mom comes and I say to her, "Hi mom, how are you. I am not a doctor and if she is really sick then only she knows. However, she has been sick everyday. Everyday she has asked to call you, she has a headache, she can't do her work"...

I also told mom that one minute she is complaining of being sick and the next moment she is playing and laughing and talking, but when it's time for work, "I'm sick..."

I told her very respectfully that her being absent and calling home sick all the time will affect her grades and socialization....

Her mom replies, "well, I work alot so I am not always home to see them and she does have a very weak immune system."

I told mom, "I can't call you all the time for everything. She needs to be here. However, she is your child and you do what's best, no disrespect is intended"....

Now, watch that clown come in tomorrow and ask for the work she missed, UM, HELL NAW!!

This little heifer knew her momma was home today and wanted to stay home with her....

So if you are gonna pull her out for everything, don't expect me to catch her up....

Then, this other clown......

Tells his dad, "she doesn't like me, she doesn't speak to me, she frowns at me".....

I said to dad, "well sir he comes in late alot and most times I am in the middle of a lesson, so I acknowledge him but I continue with the lesson, secondly, I frown all the time, it's a bad habit and honestly I am just thinking, it's not directed at anyone, finally, I do like him, he doesn't work, misunderstands everything I say and then will cry at the drop of a hat. I can't say anything or do anything that doesn't make him cry...."

How am I supposed to handle this?? He's so darn stubborn.(I didn't say any of this to parents, just venting) He also can't read. He knows letters and sounds in isolation, but he can't read with any fluency or comprehension....

Even his father said to me, "How did he get to 2nd grade cause he can't do anything" I said "I don't know sir".....

So I told the father, "I will make a better effort to be kinder to him and aware of my facial expressions if he makes a better effort, period".....

All the crying and the supersensitivity, how am I supposed to know how to respond to him??

We are coming up on our MEAP testing soon. I teach second grade and don't have to test, but they want only returning staff to adminster this test.....

WTF??? I want to be with my own students please?? I have no time for other people's kids??

Not fair, so very not fair!!!

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Thu, 10-05-2006 - 2:07pm

Whining student, college edition: All students received an e-mail from me with the order they are to present their PowerPoint presentation in class. It was done on an Excel spreadsheet, a

Sherry

 

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Tue, 10-10-2006 - 6:29am

Oh but wait there's MO........

This little clown yesterday (the one I spoke about who always wants me to call her momma) Started balling and crying out loud, "I hate you, I hate you, call my momma, I want to go home, call my momma."

I mean I started seeing RED. This clown can't read, I'm talking struggles with sight words, never finishes an assigment, always sounds congested, talks with a lisp, falls asleep in class and stares at people with her mouth open.......

She has done this at least twice a week for the past month and it is making me sick, but I am not sending her anywhere....

I promptly toss out her assignments, give her a zero for the day for not cooperating, remove her to the back of the room and immediately reward the rest of the class for doing the right thing.....

I told her not only are you not going home, but I am writing a note home, calling your mother to let her know you refuse to work and you have received another zero for the day.....

So, your plan is not going to work because if you fail this class, YOU WILL SEE ME AGAIN NEXT YEAR......

So, when she comes in today, I am going to DOUBLE UP ON HER WORK......

She made me so angry yesterday. Then kept trying to get back into the group. She tried to grab a napkin for snack, NOPE sorry, you hate me, don't eat my snack.....

She tried to do an art project, Whooops gimme that back, you hate me.......

She tried to raise her hand to get into the conversation.....Nope can't answer questions, you hate me remember.....

So if the little game starts today, she goes to the back of the room, with double the work and this time a write up to the office, with specific instructions NOT to call her mother.....

I found out later that, she did this in 1st grade and the teacher called her mom to pick her up all the time.....

I can't believe that!! The little clown even told me the same thing, "my first grade teacher did call my momma and I went home. I was at home all the time.".....

So basically she should not have passed the first grade, SHE WAS NEVER THERE......

What kind of silly parent does this?? Then their's "R" again.......

She had gotten better, but yesterday, out of the clear blue sky, "her pencil got lost" she had one all the way up until 2 o'clock and as soon we sit back down to finish our science lesson, "my pencil is gone".......

It sure is!!! At this point in the day, just put your head down and you are finished. I am not giving out anymore pencils......

So she starts crying and I say, "Enjoy your tears because they don't phase me"......

So, out of 30 kids (I lost 4, which is great) I have bonded with 26 of them.....

The other four, "D", "R" "Cry baby" and "Loud Voice" are okay, but I just don't have those warm feelings for them.....

I want to, but I just don't......

"Loud Voice" hollers out everything all the time and is so annoying, it makes my skin itch sometimes.....

I do all the "teacher things" you are supposed to do to try and correct the behavior but he wants the attention so there is no change at all.......

Okay, gotta get dressed for work. I will add more later.....

ETA: LittlE Cry baby was moved to a new classroom today cause "she don't like me. Cause I told her to hurry up and finish her work." Oh by the way, DID I MENTION I GAVE HER BUTT AN HOUR TO WRITE 5 SENTENCES AND SHE COULDN'T FINISH....

Oh and the performance was so great, "NO mommy, please don't go, I want to go home with you." What a clown!! But it's going to start in the other teacher's room and then when she sees that it wasn't me, I will be vindicated.....

GT35




Edited 10/10/2006 10:22 pm ET by greatteacher32