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Monday, May 24, 2010

It's not right, but it's effective.

Well today probably wasn't the most successful day of teaching as far as education goes. You probably wouldn't want today in the textbooks on how to be a teacher is what I mean. And by that I really mean that instead of using my calm voice, I pretty much hollered at several kids until they just did what I wanted them to do in fear or just to get the crazy lady to stop screaming. The last day of instruction in a teacher's world can be nightmarish. Ask any teacher. She'll tell you.

Why, you might ask? Well because you hear things like, "Why do we have to do anything today? It's the last day. Why can't we have a free day? Why do I have to follow the dress code? Can you still give detentions?"

And then I give answers like, "Well you have a very big test tomorrow that you need to pass. That's why we're still doing things. Don't you think I'd love to just sit at my desk? I'm not doing this because it's fun. I'm doing this because I want you to do well. NO we cannot have a free day. We will work today to get ready for your test. You will study for this test tomorrow. Stop putting your head down. Work with your group. Stop talking while I'm talking. Yes you have to follow the rules and I will figure out a way to get you in serious trouble!!!" all in a very loud voice.

Oh Lord help me, please. The good news is tomorrow is a test and then I'm pretty much done with the forced  labor. So not a great day as far as rising above and using creative classroom management, but you win some you lose some and at this point it's all about finishing.

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