Wednesday, September 23, 2009

...or die trying

I just can't seem to figure this thing out. I'm not used to that. Teaching, leading, watching, moderating... 5th and 6th grade Thrive may kill me. And the thing is I've taught these grades before. I used to have a class of 12 every week, by myself. The thing I don't understand is what I need to be doing differently. It's not that the kids aren't having fun because I'm pretty sure most of them are. The problem is almost nothing that I plan works correctly. Tonight for instance. I got there tonight and immediately had to relocate the entire classroom. During the coarse of the night I realized that there was no air in my room, no trash can, no pens, no paper towels, and no cups. Kind of reminded me of when I first moved out of my parents house into my own apartment and realized I didn't have toilette paper. Don't ask. Then the PS2 that I brought wouldn't work. So, we played a game (the non-video type). Problem is, the kids kept cheating so we had to quit. The blindfolded relay race worked, kind of. It took about 10 times longer than I expected but it did work. The snacks kind of worked except we had no cups. One of the kids located some bottled water for us because like I said, there's no air up there and it is really, really hot. The quiz worksheets worked. They worked last week too so I know those are a keeper. The class discussion worked for the most part. I had good notes to use but I just couldn't figure out how to use them. So, anyhow, I'm an optimist, I'll get this thing running smoothly or die trying. Next week I will try something different. If however I do die trying, set my body in the foyer as a warning to anyone planning on having kids.

Ps. No your kid's not being bad at Thrive.


Francy said...
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Francy said...

Sorry about the deleted comment above -- that was me. It sounds like a lot of the problems were caused by being moved at the last minute. So next week should be better as long as they don't move you again! The kids probably didn't notice a thing. I know you'll figure it out and make it awesome but I'll pray for you anyway. :)

P.S. I like your p.s. You know that's what all the moms were thinking! I was thinking that and I don't even have any kids in 5th and 6th grade Thrive!

Kelly said...

Well, if my kid(s) are ever bad I hope you do tell me. Trust me, I know how you feel about the last minute stuff. We won't go there though. Can you get fans up there? I can bring you a garbage can, what else do you need?
Jonathan only knew you had just found out because of me. He did enjoy himself.

Michael Joseph Sharp said...

"The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough." ~ Randy Pausch

Not Too Old said...

I teach 6th through 8th, and my son is in 5th. Hang in there, it does get better. You'll get cheaters, but it's a good way to open the discussion about why it's considered cool or funny to cheat in the world.

I promise you that on days when you feel you are most useless, that you're not getting anywhere, one of the kids will give you a gift - a word or casual statement that will make you realize they are getting your point. Hold on for those moments!

Oh, and I pray you won't be moved again-been there too, three times last year. But at least we have air conditioning throughout the church.