No, do not cue up C’est Chic’s “Le Freak” that was parodied in that adult beverage commercial featuring a captain’s face as a mask for all of the partiers on board singing karaoke in what I believe was Cantonese. Ahem. We started the last six weeks today, and I think this snippet of cartoon captures how teachers feel. Why?
1. Students who don’t care about keeping up their grades, bringing their supplies, and minding their manners.
2. Students who have torn their pants (crossed behavioral lines by acting like twerps) with multiple teachers with varying personalities. When the mildest teacher on my hallway sighs after certain names are mentioned, that is bad.
3. The number of students this school year who are failing multiple classes is more than the three or four previous years combined.
4. Parents who claim, “There is not enough communication.” We post information on our Learning Hub (website), send out a weekly newsletter, write our agendas on the board, and email regularly. I also personally send out classroom news Tweets and texts via Remind. Really?! If the students don’t bother to write down information or recall simple facts when questioned, that is home training failure.
Example conversation with the Mumbler.
Me during an afternoon class: “Where is your pencil?” (Blank stare)
Mumbler: “I don’t know.”
Me: “Have you been to math?”
Mumbler: (Unintelligible response)
Me: “How did you get through math without a pencil?”
At this point of the school year , I may walk away shaking my head.
Pardon me while I also do the Bugs Bunny freak out.