I like my job. It is a good job. The kids are nice 95% of the time. I have a good schedule. I am off on the same days my kids are. Then there is summer. Ahhhhh, Summer. Sweet, Sweet, Summer. As Summer is only 9 days away I thought I would list some of the things I DON"T miss about my students during the summer.
1. My favorite question - "Are we doing anything today?" Well, the activities for each day this week are clearly listed on the board in an assortment of colors. (Variation of the question - "Did we do anything important while I was absent?" No, we were waiting for you to return.)
2. The Buuuuuut It's Friiiiiidaaaaayy- Whine. Yes. It is Friday. On Friday you have to work. Saturday you can do whatever you want.
3. The end of the semester shuffle. Kid who have not cared one iota about their grade all semester long are suddenly wanting to know what they can do to pass. Answer: "Build a time machine. Go back in time and do some work." I don't mean to be heartless, but by the eleventh grade I would think they would have more of an understanding of how this works.
4. The following claim: "I was not texting, I was just seeing what time it is." Time will pass, you may not. Give me the darn phone and get to work.
5. And my favorite......replying to a simple answer/statement with annoying things I didn't ask you.
Student: May I go get a drink.
Me : No
Student: The water fountain is right around the corner
(Yes. I know where the water fountain is. I have worked here for seven years.)
Me: Please go sit down.
Student: I am asking her if she has any lotion.
(I do not care WHY you are out of your seat. I just want you to sit DOWN.)
Really the kids are very nice and I know they are just doing the same thing we did when we were kids, but I am just as eager for summer as they are.
AND........NO. I do not want to be their friend on Facebook. I have real friends. For some reason this never ceases to amaze them. They think I stay here.......like the pencil sharpener.
(Don't let this post fool you. Yes I AM teaching summer school.)