Friday, February 22, 2008

Kids these days

Kids these days. I was frustrated as all get out today, dealing with behaviors that were simply out of line and unacceptable. Most of all, I was sick and tired of dealing with the Diva/ Draft Choice type: those who decide that the rules are for everyone else. For example:
Despite the all-school assembly earlier this week discussing recent thefts and the tightening of rules and regulations, a student followed up immediately after the assembly by walking into the classroom unsupervised. When I reminded him firmly that he had broken the rule that we'd just reviewed, his response was, "But I needed my math book." A few days later he and a friend turned up at the classroom door before the bell. "Oh, we were first in line." Even after the principal pulled him into her office and issued a detention, he did it again this morning!! When I confronted him and asked him to tell me the rule about going into a classroom alone, he came back with, "But I needed an overdue book from my desk." He spent afternoon recess in detention. Again.
Another student has been behaving badly and doesn't respond to reminders and reinforcement. In fact, he talks back, making excuses and acting like he's being picked on. The last straw came when I caught him throwing crayons. His "Uh-uh, I was just putting them back in the box!" did me in. He lost our end-of-the week reward, extra recess time, and had a note written to his parents. I know they won't put up with this kind of rudeness and backtalk, and neither will I.
But really, kids these days. I've been allowing a small group to practice their talent show dance in my room at recess. A few of their friends stayed in and washed the chalkboards for me and then re-wrote the day's date next to the daily schedule with a lovely flourish of well-practiced cursive writing. When I went to erase the board at the end of the day, I noticed they'd added a personal note. "Mrs. DaisyTeacher Rocks!"
Ah, kids these days. Aren't they great?


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Blogger Club 166 said...

I'm the parent of one of those kids right now.

Sweet Pea, who will be 6 at the end of March, has been hitting up kids for things out of their lunches. Not stealing, but saying things like "That looks really good. Can I have some?" This is completely against the school rules, for reasons of food allergies as well as decorum.

The problem was she was caught doing this a couple of months ago, and we talked about it then and thought she wouldn't do it again. And now she's up to her old tricks.

So now her prize possessions (3 stuffed cats) are all in time out for the next few weeks, and she has been told that if it happens just once more, they will all go to Goodwill.

And yet I am not totally confident that she will not repeat her transgression.

On behalf of all the diva kids parents, I'm sorry.


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