Thursday, December 10, 2009
I Became A Witch Today
After yesterday's wonderful 9th period class, I decided I better do something and do something fast. I called the parents of the kids I had hopes for. I explained the class was difficult and while their child was not even close to being the most difficult, their child was joining in and the activity was affecting their grades. The parents were wonderful and promised to help.
When the kids came in today I was Cruella De Vil. I separated every friend. I refused to give out the bathroom pass. As soon as one of them opened a mouth, I roared. I scared the good kids and some of the wilder ones too. I actually managed to teach for 45 minutes. The core group that refuses to work, still refused to work but at least they were quiet. One kid asked if the class could use today's notes on tomorrow's exam. I loudly answered "YES", hoping that would get the others to start working. Alas, even that did not work.
I hate teaching in this kind of environment and I have my doubts about the silence continuing. I'll do what I have to do, go one day at a time and enjoy the quiet while it lasts.