Thursday, November 20, 2008

You better Sit your bottom down....

because this could be a long post!

Or, that could be my favorite new catch phrase.

That, and "What? I am SURE no one is talking to me or asking me questions while I am in line! No way is anyone doing that!" which is repeated about 2 dozen times a day.

That's right, I am officially a teacher.

I know alot of people wanted to read my first day account of what happened, but, honestly, I can't remember much. I remember that the kids were shocked to see their room rearranged and dust free (shocker!) and that there was alot of "but that's not how Mrs. xxxx does it!" but other than that, nope. Not much of a memory.

The past four days have been quite an adventure. I have had to follow through with plans that were left for me and integrate my own into the curriculum. I have had to establish rules and routines that the kids need to follow. Sure, there have been alot of tears (by the kids, not me. Wait, I don't know if that's better or worse), but, only four days in, and my kids were nearly angels today. They seem to have really grasped onto how I am running things.

I will tell you, my biggest concern is homework. These kids, they just don't do it! AND their parents send in lame excuses for why their child didn't do homework. Since when is saying "My child did not do their homework because I had to take his sister to cheerleading practice," an acceptable excuse!?! Or, my favorite "My child does not have his homework because I threw it away." What? Really? You threw your kids homework away. hmmm. Sounds like johnny didn't do his homework, you forgot to ask, and by the time you realized, you were driving johnny to school. So lame.

I don't even give that much homework either. It's usually about 15 minutes of spelling practice a night. That's it. All I have to say is, when they fail their spelling test tomorrow, I WILL be sending a note home saying "Gee. Looks like your laziness has paid off."

Or, maybe not.

Maybe something more politically correct like "Johnny has failed his spelling test, please sign and return acknowledging that you have reviewed the test, and his study habits with him. Also, according to my records, Johnny did 1 out of his 4 assigned homeworks. Perhaps this explains the low test score. Please encourage Johnny to complete his homework nightly."

Yeah, that sounds better.


I have so much more to tell you, but, since I am trying to reach my 100 posts goal, I will save those for later.

Pictures to come tomorrow!


Marsha C said...

It was great to read your post this morning. It sounds like you are well on your way to a teching career.

Emily said...

Man...the kids and the parents have no idea who they are dealing with!! After a year of teaching you will learn that the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree. The kids learn the laziness game from their lazy parents. The pathetic part is how they try to pass off lousy excuses to you as if you haven't a clue what is going on. Stay strong and focused. I'm sure the parents will give you some grief- especially when they see how young you are. Just be respectful and firm. I've been in your shoes, and I remember clearly how parents would try to use my youth against me. I would remind them you are doing your job and if they don't do their part of supporting their student at home, then the failure lies with them, not you. No excuses. They may go to your pricipal, but I never said anything to parents that I couldn't repeat or back up with my superiors. The most important thing of all is document all exchanges with parents accurately. It helped me in many situations because my records were consistent and often the parents would change their stories to try to get their way. I'd love to be a fly on the wall to watch you in the classroom!