Archive for October, 2010

The Life of a Teacher

October 12, 2010

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve encountered someone who has commented on how “easy” teaching is.  They wish they had their summers off.  You know that saying, “Those who can, do.  Those who can’t, teach”.  I hate that stupid phrase.  I would like to see how a non-educator would have survived my last few days.

Yesterday, I had back to back classes(which is common for most teachers) with little time to use the bathroom or eat lunch.  I walked into one of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) classrooms to teach music.  This class is composed of 1st and 2nd grade BOYS!  This is the 2nd time I’ve been in the classroom to teach and there were 2 new boys.  The classroom teacher was there along with a substitute.  2 of the boys were hitting each other, 1 would not come to his seat, and 1 was talking non-stop!  The classroom teacher removed one of the boys that was fighting and I started teaching.  I thought it would be a good idea to get the one boy to participate so I removed the crayons he was using to color.  BIG MISTAKE!  He took his chair, which was adult size, and threw it across the room.  Luckily, it was not directed at the other boys, but by my computer and a glass mirror!  Just as he knocked my water bottle off and went for my laptop, I directed him back to his seat and gave him his crayons back.  It could have been worse than it was but definitely threw things for a loop for a few minutes! 

Today, I was “loaned” to another school so the staff could attend a funeral of a 2nd grade student.  Very sad situation and I would ask you to keep the school, staff, and students of Fishweir Elementary in your prayers.  I was glad to be able to help but I would have appreciated being asked before I was told to cancel my classes for the day and go to another school.  I arrived at the school with our PE teacher.  He was on the list, I was NOT.  Ugh.  I was put in a 1st grade class with another teacher.  This was a good move!  There were a few disruptive kids in this class.  To make a long story short – after recess one boy decided to shove (again) another student because he wanted to be first.  The other teacher asked if I’d take him.  I tried to get him to the back of the line.  He wasn’t going.  Instead this little angel decided to run away from me, hit me, throw dirt on me, kick over a garbage can and piss me off. 

I would love to see a corporate person teach my classes for 1 day and then tell me teaching is easy.  I have no doubt that their job is equally as difficult.  I would just like the respect that we educators deserve.