Some Bad Things

A few bad things that I find upsetting:

1.  Lying – Always tell me the truth, even if it’s bad.  I will handle the truth much better than a lie.  I forgive the lie, but it’s hard to build up that bridge of trust again since you have burned it up with those hot words of fire!

2.  Sneaky behavior – Being slick will only carry you so far, and then you get busted.  I’ve told a couple of students that I may not catch them today, tomorrow, or next year, but someone else much worse can and will.  They will have some ‘splain’ to do at that point.

3.  Cheating – If you didn’t study for the test/quiz, then don’t use your notes or your friend’s paper to try to get by.  Learn the material for yourself out a sense of pride and accomplishment.  I had a student put the answers in her lap; I caught her looking down at her lap.  She received a “0” on her test.  I don’t play around or offer retakes for such a choice.  I tell the kids to “maintain their integrity” by keeping their eyes on their own paper.  I monitor them to show I mean business.

4.  Mean behavior/cruelty – Acting like a turkey to someone else who may not be as popular, intellectually-gifted, etc. than you doesn’t elevate you in my sight.  It makes me see you as being lower than a snake’s belly.  I have a tendency to rush in and defend the one being picked on even if the picked on one started it.  After I separate the combatants, I will then let the “victim” know that one day they may upset the wrong person, and I may not be able to help them out.

5.  Profanity/cursing/potty mouth – I find profanity offensive, and I don’t like to hear it spoken around me or my students.  Yes, I can put together a mean blue streak like a lot of folks, but I exercise restraint to be an example to my kids.  I think profanity demonstrates a lack of vocabulary savvy because you are limiting  yourself on the language you choose.

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