January 29, 2015

The New Kid

He's a new student. Just came to our school last week.

His name wasn't even on the roster or seating chart.

But there he sat, right next to a known troublemaker (with whom I have had zero issues aside from talking).

Our assignment included reading a chapter in the history book and then a two-page review worksheet for homework.

We were trying to read the text aloud so I could talk to them about the content and make sure they understood the important concepts.

But this new kid, he just wouldn't stop talking.

Not the first time I asked.

Or the second.

So, on the third redirection, I warned him that he would be facing a consequence if I had to speak to him again. The look on his face said 'Try me!'

And he proceeded to keep talking.

I asked him to move seats, into a desk next to me (and away from his audience).

Student: I don't really want to sit by you!

Me: Truthfully, I don't really want you to sit here either, but you are disrupting the learning of this entire class, so I need you to move.

(Okay... not my finest moment. I know I shouldn't tell a student that I don't want him to sit by me. But I can't share this story if I'm not honest.)

Said student stares me down for a good 30 seconds and then decides to start moving across the room. Of course, he couldn't do so without making the following comment:

So, what did you say your name was again? Ms. Lifeless? Because you have no life!

And I was immediately brought back to my elementary school days when kids on the playground would call me that, making a mockery out of my last name. Back then, it used to make me cry. This time, though, I just shook my head and recorded his words for my substitute report.

Me: Keep talking! It's all going in my report.

When we finished reading aloud, I got the class going on their homework and asked said student to come out into the hallway where we had a little come to Jesus meeting.

Me: I know you're new here, and you're not aware of how things work, so I'm going to break it down for you. I'm friends with pretty much all these teachers. I'm not one of those subs who comes around a couple times a year. I'm in this building nearly every day. I'm friends with most of the teachers, which means they will hear about your behavior. You'll learn very quickly that I have great relationships with the students here, which is why the class responded with shock when you were so disrespectful to me today. I can pretty much guarantee that I will sub for your classes again, so you really don't want me as an enemy. Life is much better for both of us when we get along. So, I hope this is the last time I ever have to remind you that you don't get to talk to me like that.

Little did I know, this student was also in my study hall at the end of the day. He must have learned his lesson because he didn't say a peep the whole time.

January 22, 2015

Come At Me, Bruh!

ETA: I feel the need to throw out a little disclaimer here to let you all know that this interaction took place with a group of students with whom I have a great rapport. We're constantly ribbing each other... it's how we relate!

My 8th graders were working on independent projects today, so I let them sit with their friends and listen to music as long as they were working.

One group of boys was off task talking and checking their phones each time I glanced in their direction, so I knew I had to intervene. 

Me: Guys, you need to get back to work, or I'm going to have to ask you to put your phones away.

Student A: We're talking about our favorite teachers.

Me: But that's not what we're working on...

Student B (interrupting): And you're clearly NOT in our Top 5!

At this point, everyone in earshot, including me, was laughing in utter disbelief. I totally didn't expect that response. I decided to teach Mr. Sassy Pants a lesson!

Me (holding back laugher): Um... you know what? I think you're done "working" with your friends. You can take your stuff into the hallway for a timeout!

Student B: Okay!

And he happily took his things into the hallway, as we all laughed.


Student C: Can I go get him from the hallway?

Me: Yes, but tell him he has to say 3 nice things about me before he can come back in!

Student C returns alone.

Me: Where is he?

Student C: He said he'd rather stay in the hall. 


January 20, 2015

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Don't Yell At Me!

What's that you say?

I've been MIA?

I know. It's true. But I have a good excuse this time. I was busy house hunting and moving. Yes, Joel and I moved into a new place, and we've been super busy for the past week and a half trying to turn this house into a home.

As it turns out, when you've kept your entire life in storage for a year and a half, you have to clean EVERYTHING before bringing it inside... unless, of course, you don't mind your house being full of filth. But I mind. I mind very much.

I think the finishing touches will be done by this weekend, and then I can share some pics. It's been a long, exhausting (but in a good way) process to get here. I hate, hate, hate packing, but I find SO MUCH JOY in organizing my things and finding them their just-right home.

I had to get a little creative this time around because Joel's sister and our almost 16-month old niece are going to be living with us starting next month. And we don't exactly have baby-proof things. Keeping things out of reach for her has been a fun challenge this time around. They came over last night, and so far, I think my organization will work nicely.

But we definitely need to get a baby gate for the stairs! Last night's game was "Let's crawl up and down the stairs 100 times so Auntie Erin will be exhausted when I go home." FUN!

I'm much more active on Facebook these days, so if you're not following me there, please do. I LOVE to have actual conversations with other teacher-bloggers and readers. And it would be nice to hear opinions from people other than my mom and sister (nothing against them... I love them both dearly). So like my page and throw me a comment or two! :)

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