Friday, May 9, 2008

rollercoaster week

Here is a sampling of the amusement park that is my career. (Did anyone know it was Teacher Appreciation Week, by the way? Just checking).

Monday: Returned to school after having a substitute on Friday (PTA wild weekend, remember?). Tone of the sub notes was agitated, to say the least. I had left an assignment for groups to create the "Perfect School." One looked something like this:

Sigh. So I had to have a discussion about what people tend to think of our school and how we would rather have them see us and this kind of behavior is counterproductive...blah blah blah. Oh yeah, and this was my LEADERSHIP CLASS.

Tuesday: I threw together a little activity for one class called "Find Someone" in which they had to match people in the room to statements like "Has more than 2 siblings" or "Been to a foreign country" or "Eats breakfast regularly." I expected many groans because We don't WANT to get up and walk AROUND and TALK to everyONE! (say that in a kind of exasperated whiny voice for the full effect). But. I didn't even have to tell them to move, they seemed to enjoy getting to know about each other, AND they [expectantly, excitedly] asked a different teacher later if she was going to play the same game. Wow.

Wednesday: A bunch of boys who usually gripe about every. single. fricking. thing in the universe actually joked around with me (when one finished an assignment during class and asked me to check it, I took it and drolly said "And then she fainted from shock." He didn't grimace or anything). Then they started asking very smart questions about God and I tried answering with the "Some people believe..." beginning but they really wanted to know what I think and I had to explain that I'm not allowed to go there in public school. That was a bummer because HELLO? Teenagers wanting to have a conversation?

Thursday: Started showing Good Morning, Vietnam to the Leadership class as an example of what happens when someone leads by being unconventional and contrary. Lots of dubious looks and complaints - this movie is really old, it looks dumb, I don't like Robin Williams. All my will power went to not shouting SHUT IT! (By the way, one of my more astute students remarked this week that he bets I'm going to explode someday because I'm always so calm & patient with the jackasses slightly disrespectful kids in class. I chuckled tensely). However, they were pleasantly surprised by how interesting it was and I tried not to be smug.

Friday: Those usually griping boys? Two of the four were in a particularly pissy mood, going as far as to try arguing about how all Vietnam movies are the same, and dumb. What, really? That's the best you've got for rebellion? And then. I received two posters signed by dozens of students telling me how much they like me & my classes; one of the signers is a frequent [vocal but not too mean] critic of my tendency to make a short story long - he wrote "I hope you're here to help next year's seniors." I was pretty sure he would be telling everyone to avoid my courses by any means necessary. My heart was warmed.

So apparently, yes, someone did know it was Teacher Appreciation Week. And I do feel appreciated, if also a tad emotionally drained.

10 comments:

Lisa Milton said...

I'm exhausted, just reading about it. Those kids - and I mean it lovingly - can serve up some snark.

Little do they know, their snark is no match for your wit. Fools.

Hope your weekend is off to a good start.

katydidnot said...

so. ya know. you're clearly the. best. teacher. ever.

can you teach my children via IM?

come on.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

You really do have the patience of a saint.

I AM VERY MARY said...

either the patience of a saint or the common sense of a rock. sometimes this teaching gig can be so gratifying. then other times (like most times) one might wonder why one did not choose a more lucrative and less hormone-filled profession. like a walmart greeter.

Cheri said...

TGIF takes on a new meaning. Two posters! Wow! Go you.

And I love the picture of the perfect school. I think I could learn a lot there.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Making teenagers appreciate you? That totally deserves a medal!

Mrs. G. said...

I think I have been to that school.

Great laugs, great post

Missy said...

Great post. Teachers should be the most appreciated, and I think they are, even if their students aren't so good about showing it!

Stu said...

That school is bigger than my school :(

-Stu

angel said...

i think teachers are superheroes!

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