I think teachers and students should all wear mood rings. Maybe then, my students wouldn’t push my buttons quite so much. Maybe they’d know when to quit before I blew my lid.
Today I gave an entire class detention for a week after far too many unheeded warnings.
I admitted that it’s hard to give them unbiased grades if I can’t read their handwriting.
I told them they’re behind all of my other classes.
These things are all true, but good teachers probably shouldn’t act like this. Now I’m mad at myself AND my students.
My Frustration Friday stems from two things:
1. I have an issue with work production in my class. I have an issue with students writing as much as they need to, for me to understand them. I am incapable of getting 6th graders organized.
2. I have an issue with keeping work time quiet without threats.
I spoke to my CLT about my shortcomings, and suggested maybe I just need an attitude adjustment. They suggested maybe we ALL just need spring break. Still, I can’t seem to shake this sour mood.
Perhaps this naughty class and I can use our lunch time as catch-up time. Perhaps I can give them less detention as the week progresses, based on good behavior. I’m just tired of being the only teacher on my team that the students feel like they can walk all over.
I came to this post hoping to figure something out through the writing process, but I suppose this is simply a venting exercise. I hope your Friday afternoon was better than mine!
Thank GOODNESS it’s Friday.