For the first time in a very, very long time, I literally (in this context, we’re using the British pronunciation of the word…) feel like doing nothing.
And by nothing, I mean that staring at a wall in silence seems like it would be a little too much to undertake at this point in time.
I never feel like doing nothing. I always have to be doing something. And now?
Nope. Nothing. Not a single solitary thing do I feel like doing.
The 3rd graders I had today pushed every one of my buttons… and then a couple I didn’t even know existed.
They were belligerent, disrespectful, and waaaaaaaaay out of line.
They refused to listen, threw things when they didn’t get their way, mimicked and mocked any adult that dared to call them on their behavior, told bald-faced lies and then cried and threw complete temper tantrums when privileges were revoked.
I’m not the kind of teacher that typically yells, but by the end of the day, you bet your ass I was yelling. By that point, I was no longer taking the diplomatic approach of pulling the student aside and talking to them calmly about their behavior. Nope. When it got to the point of infraction after infraction after FREAKIN’ INFRACTION by the same students, I just used my noisy, angry, “you have GOT to be kidding me with this” teacher voice to tell them in no uncertain terms that they “Need to fix it NOW otherwise you can have a long chat with the principal”. I was flipping cards left and right. They were losing privileges left and right. By the time the buses came, I was like, “Go. Leave. I’m done.”
I HATE being that teacher. Especially when there were some kids who were REALLY on top of it today. They were following directions. They were being respectful. They were doing what they were supposed to be doing. And yet, they were forced to sit through all my lectures and reprimands. And yes, I made sure the kids who were doing their jobs got extra privileges and kudos from me, but I just felt horrible that a half dozen kids could ruin the day for everyone involved.
So, if you don’t mind, I’m spending the rest of my evening stress-eating and staring off into space.
Kids these days…