Thank God the weekend is here!  I had another rough day at work yesterday.  The two new kids that were the worst of the bunch did better yesterday but the class still gave me major grief and I was totally sick of them by the time the bell rang.  I’m getting better with them…  I think… but it was still enough to have me pulling my hair out.  One of the new girls was being such a pain in the butt that she actually got one of the kids I’ve had for a couple weeks into a push and shove with her.  She’s big, sassy, and annoying and she bounces off the walls the entire time.  “W” is this sweet little boy who stands about 4′10″ and couldn’t weigh over 80 pounds soaking wet.  That’s the thing with middle school.  The way they grow is so strange.  Here’s this big, brassy girl who stands at least a foot taller than “W” and outweighs him by at least 100 pounds and she’s taunting him and messing with him until he just loses it!  He’s been quiet as a little mouse the entire time I’ve had him, I sit down at a table to help another group of kids, and the next thing I know, W and Brassy Ass are yelling, cursing, shoving each other and ready to come to blows.  I actually had to get between them and restrain W to keep him from wading into her.  She probably would have knocked his lights out.  I’m learning, though.  I’m working on them.  I changed the seating arrangement yesterday to break up some of the more obnoxious groups.  It helped.  I thought the table where I assigned W and Brassy Butt would work out pretty well.  Quiet little W, two average kids, and Brassy.  Obviously, I still need to do a bit of fine tuning on the seating arrangement.  I discovered that the entire class is quiet and focused when I have them do practice a keyboarding program the first ten minutes of class.  They do this every day for ten minutes while I take attendance and deal with daily stuff.  I’m beginning to think I should just let them play the keyboarding game for the entire time.  If I could do that for the rest of the year, I might survive.  (sigh)  If anyone is interested, you can find the keyboarding game at http://www.popcap.com/games/free/typershark

I’m hoping to catch up on some blogs today.  The weekend isn’t too bad.  Not a lot going on but, right now, I’ve got to get a shower and go get my hair cut.

4 Comments

brseay says 14th March @ 10:32

It is funny how many different sizes there are in middle school. Our building is grades 6-9 and there are honestly 2 or 3 kids who are the same size as my kindergartner.

Keep at it, Patty! Sometimes a class never becomes enjoyable but hopefully you can hate it less. I have had groups before, though, that have stressed me out from the first day to the last but I tell myself before the class starts that I can handle 43 minutes of anything and then I don’t see them until the next day. For the worst offenders, I remember something that an old principal told me: “Just be thankful that _______________ doesn’t call you Mom. At the end of the day, the week and the school year he goes home to someone else.” That reminder has gotten me through some situations that would otherwise drive me over the edge.

Hopefully you’re still having great weather! Enjoy the weekend.

Joy says 14th March @ 19:00

Hey Patty,
I am sorry that you had a rough week. Sounds like Brassy needs to be put in time out like a toddler at a table by herself. But that is ‘mom’ speaking and not a teacher. ;)
I hope that you are able to relax this weekend. Take care
Joy

angela says 14th March @ 20:53

THANKS FOR TELLING ME ABOUT THE TYPING GAME..:P..I GOT UP TO LEVEL 21!..ADDICTING! GOSH I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DEAL WITH THOSE KIDS..I WORK WITH 3′S AND 4′S SO I CAN JUST IMAGINE……..

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

islandgrl says 15th March @ 3:14

You are a champion, I hope when my GD starts school there is someone there like you to look after the little ones.


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