Okay, so I admit it. I said something to a class today I never should have spoken. But I must add, don't judge me, please. You're not in my shoes teaching this particular group of 8th graders. Add pregnancy on top of that and it's a potent combination. I had had ENOUGH today. The disrespect, the backtalking, the not working, the messing with items that aren't theirs (like my thermostat), etc. I couldn't get a class to shut up. So when I finally had their attention (and it took awhile), I said something to the effect of, "If we can't learn to keep our mouths shut, get our work done, and listen, then I can make class a living hell." Now, yes, I know that wasn't appropriate, but again, I reiterate that you're not living this day in and day out. So there, it's out.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
So thus far I've had NO morning sickness. However, for the past few days I've felt so crappy. I'm nauseated and can hardly stay awake. Today I thought I was going to have to rush out of my class. I get to where I'm starving hungry, so I eat something (trying to be conservative), and then I'm afraid it's all going to come up. Sometimes I just wish it would! Okay, time for a Sprite.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Monday, September 15, 2008
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Saturday, September 13, 2008
More info to come as we know it!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
I hate Progress Reports. All these parents who don't care any other time suddenly are all into their child's grade and performance. Where have you been for 4 1/2 weeks? Oh, and the best part is those parents who give me attitude. Umm, where were you when I called and sent notes home? Do parents honestly just not care anymore? I can't tell you how many parents I've spoken with that really have no clue. Or one who is bribing her child with $20/week if he's good. Okay, well, that's all fine and dandy except that it's all based on his own opinion! The mother isn't asking me! Whatever.
So I have a deal that I won't accept incomplete work, but I'll take late work for a point deduction. I'm thinking that might have been a mistake because now once parents have seen progress reports they want their children making up all this work that's not graded or they have 0's for. I don't give homework often, but these kiddos are lazy and that's mostly what they're missing! Yep, I hate progress reports.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I made a female student cry yesterday. It was such an odd day to begin with: starting on a Wednesday after a holiday weekend and a hurricane day added on to that. The kids were absolutely nuts. Anyway, I noticed notes circulating the classroom like crazy. It had been happening for some time, and I was tired of it. Plus, I was simply curious what was in these! So taking a cue from an idea my mom shared with me some time ago, I picked up the notes (already freaking the students out) and then handed out envelopes. Yep, they addressed these to their parents (and they try stupid stuff, like leaving out information. Hello! I can get it at the click of a mouse. This is simply to make them crazy.). I might at some point actually send these notes home, but this time was simply to get their attention. And boy, did it work! When I went into the cafeteria at lunch, one of the girls that had been writing a note was in tears. She also came to me later and we talked. This young lady gives me attitude all the time, and maybe, just maybe, I broke her. At least for a little while. Now we're down to 2 days left this week. I have to go to Hattiesburg Saturday for my monthly alternate route meeting. Whoo-hoo. And then next Tuesday I have a meeting in Vancleave. Oh, the fun of meetings and giving up afternoons and weekends.
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Monday, September 1, 2008
So...Gustav ended up being fairly anti-climatic for us here on the MS Gulf Coast. However, I'll take the prep and protection over the devastation and utter loss. We only lost power for about 3-5 minutes. I used the downtime today to update my MySpace, if you're interested. I used yesterday to make a verb complements powerpoint. Fun times. We're off tomorrow so the administrators can assess the damage at the schools. I assume we'll go back Wednesday; I'll have to put my room back in order. The rest of this week ought to be interesting. I'm sure quite a few students will be missing for a few days, especially my Keesler kiddos. Normally a 3 or 4 day weekend would thrill me, but I've been so antsy and there's not a whole lot we can do. Most places closed early yesterday (even the casinos! Shocker.) and were definitely closed today. Thankfully, only branches and pine cones are down all over, and our ditches are flowing steadily with water. Other than that, it's almost like we just had a severe thunderstorm graze us, not the outer bands of a hurricane.
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