After my observation, I forgot to eat lunch. Did I mention that I have been preoccupied lately? I also forgot that I forgot to eat lunch, so when I didn't have the energy for my second class, I chalked it up to my cold. That class didn't go very well. But, the nadir of my day was to come next, during a coverage. A coverage is an "emergency" (it never really is an emergency, but it's supposed to be) where a teacher needs someone to cover for them. And, it's always a horrible experience for the coverage teacher, because the kids just have to test you. I started out telling them two things: stay in your seats, and no one can go to the bathroom because it was last period and my school locks the bathrooms last period. It's not my rule. So, of course, they were running everyone, hiding under desks, and I do believe that not one student failed to ask to use the bathroom. One girl got up and when I told her to sit down, she had the nerve to tell me that she had to throw out her gum (again, a school no-no) because it had lost its flavor. Another girl was using her cell phone (wouldn't you know it, not allowed?), and wouldn't turn it over when I requested it. Okay, that's a call to the dean. So far, nothing out of the ordinary, unfortunately.
|Wasn't it me who was|
just saying how kids
are no longer cute at
a certain age?
Even though I was a substitute, I will find this vulgar child's parents, and he will explain to them exactly what he said. And, I'm sure they will shrug and, given his poor upbringing, I assume they will turn the tables on me and ask if I let him go since he was obviously in such distress. I know it will get me nowhere, and yet, I cannot let it go. These are the children that I'm supposed to teach fractions, and they haven't yet learned basic civility and courtesy. It was a very disheartening day. Thank you for letting me "dump" on you! That feels better.