I GOT ABOUT SIX DISTINGUISHED RATINGS ON MY MOST RECENT EVALUATION WITH MY WORST CLASS!!!!
My students were terrible in front of my principal.
I really thought that with her there that they would be better.
I was wrong.
Over half of them cannot read their notes even though we’ve been doing this for over a month now. They just stared at the paper and said, “I don’t know what this is. I can’t do this”. And it embarassed me in front of my principal because I didn’t want her to think I didn’t teach it well.
Then I found about 9 kids (out of 30, mind you) who did it right. And it made me feel better. These kids even looked at the others and said, “uh, yeah we learned this!”
I dont’ know what to do with them.
They aren’t allowed to play recorder until they can read their notes.
I can’t have just one third of the class play recorder and the rest do something else, even though their homeroom teacher thinks it will give them a kick in the butt.
These kids are just a time bomb. I don’t even understand.
Even my second-worst class will guilt each other into getting it together. These guys just talk forever and ever and ever.
I feel like most people who write articles on emotionally disturbed students and how to handle the them have never actually dealt with a severely emotionally disturbed student.0
I can’t stand it when my students come up to and complain about their report card grade in my class.
If your behavior is interrupting instruction and/or you are not participating, I cannot give you full points for the class. You know this.
And it should be no surprise that you got a bad grade when I have given back all of your assignments and tests and you did not do well.
PS. Every grade is up on online where mom and dad have access to. So there. You should’ve been more concerned when you were playing around in my class and not doing what I asked.0
I dressed as a pirate to school today.
The kids did activities all day. I basically drowned in butterflies and glitter (I got the facepainting station)
After the kids did some trick-or-treating, I went to my fourth graders.
Me: “Oh guys, I have some homework that I’m going to give you tomorrow for the weekend”
Me: “But…..if you pay me in candy….I might not make you do it”
They seriously started throwing candy in my bag. I really did tell them that I was joking, but they just kept going. So I decided against homework and they cheered.
It was hilarious.
Their homeroom teacher thought it was hilarious.
So did my principal. :P
Now, they gave me everything they didn’t want. But I got full bags of popcorn and pretzels and Sweetarts and malted milk balls and Starbursts and new pencils.
So I’m good hahaha.
Listen, I was a pirate. I had to act like one.3
This is what I taught kindergarten today:
Me: “Who you gonna call?”
On gun culture and school shootings
Gun control is a really hot-button topic right now. People, especially the “redneck” type, are really upset over it.
But these redneck types don’t understand that the way we learned to handle and treat firearms in small town America is not the same as everywhere else.
We are surrounded by guns. You learn to handle a firearm in elementary school. I went on my first hunting trip at age 8. You learn how to safely load it, use the safety, fire it, and lock/unload it. You knew where the guns in the house were but you had no idea how to get them. My dad’s gun cabinet is hardcore. If a nuclear apocalypse ever happens, I’m hiding in there.
You get your own gun and start hunting at age 12. People balk at the idea of a 6th grader with a gun, but we didn’t have problems. You already knew how to be safe with it at that point.
We never had gun violence problems. You didn’t break into someone’s house because they would recognize you. Not only that, but they could easily defend themselves. People carried guns around everywhere but nobody shot up the mall or the grocery store or the school. A student never went after a teacher because a. we were taught respect, b. your parents would destroy you, and c. that teacher was probably a classmate or a friend of your parent. We didn’t need background checks because they weren’t a big deal and we didn’t have a large population of criminals who wanted them.
But the rest of the US seems to not understand that. Kids aren’t taught how to respect guns. They see TV and video games and think they can handle a gun. They treat the gun like a toy and not like a weapon. They have no respect for the weapon and they have no respect for others. Parents don’t teach gun safety and respect. Parents don’t keep guns locked away. Background checks are not enforced and mentally ill people end up with firearms. And then you get this school shooting shit from it.
I wish people who grew up like I did would understand that other people don’t live like we do. I wish people who owned guns would properly teach their children about them and lock them up. I wish we could keep reminding kids that guns are cool but they are dangerous and you should treat them as such. I wish that it was harder to get a gun; I believe that people worried about checks have something to hide. If you are clean, you have no worries. I wish people would treat guns the way myself, my family, and my friends were taught to treat them.
But we don’t.
We don’t do any of that.
Two teachers were murdered this week.
I don’t know what to say15
Preschoolers are the best because you can do the same joke/funny thing for ten minutes straight and they just laugh louder.10
Adventures in kindergarten
One student peed on my chair.
They all go before class. But she didn’t. So my chair = potty.
A random blood splatter then appears. Nobody claims it.
Someone is apparently bleeding but will not admit.
Student kicks another because he “made a funny face at me”
I never thought I would say, “Cows do NOT bounce” or “Stop trying to be the caboose!” as many times as I did.
And this is all in 40 minutes.