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Today was one of those days! I had to take a deep breath, and exhale, "Woosah." (For those who don't know, I got that from the movie "Bad Boys" with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.) It works for me, because it stops me from saying something I have no business saying to someone else's child! My students were so crazy today with the level of "it's all about me". All the "this is what I want to do, and who cares what you say!" No, they didn't actually say those words, but the body language, attitude, lips poked out, made me stop during Math.
I said," I have to stop for a Public Service announcement." This is not meant for all of you, as a matter of fact, it's not meant for most of you." Seriously. And yes, I know, I was not using my class time wisely, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I proceeded to explain to them that when they get home, they can Tweet, Facebook, text, or call each other and vent about me all they want, but while they were sitting in our classroom, they would keep their negative attitudes to themselves, especially since it was intefering with me teaching and them learning!" Yes, they took me there! I didn't have any other problems for the remainder of the day, thank goodness!
Sometimes, they do that to you. I love them all, but sometimes I just want to shake them, and let them know, that I have too many bodies in the room to cater to each and every one of their idiosyncrasies. Especially when it's more than two or three of them at a time. Well, they're 5th graders, and I know puberty is rearing its ugly head, and the hormones are beating each other up inside those little bodies. So, I'll just continue to take a deep breath, inhale, extend my arms to the sky, arm down, and exhale, "Woosah!":)
post from Diary of a Public School Teacher