Yep. A student said that in class last week. I think it was on Tuesday.
A few of the students to either side of her told her that it wasn’t possible. I told her that fallopian tubes weren’t her like her knuckles. Just as the lead teacher in front of the class was finishing her sentence on finding the slope of a line, this student found it necessary to get up, address the class, and prove her talent.
A moment later, she turned from the first row of the class and awkwardly gyrated her torso in what looked like a very unnatural motion. Simultaneously, both of us teachers yelled, “Whoaaaaaa!” and scurried her back into her seat.
Last Thursday, a frequently obnoxious and unfiltered student began the class period by chatting during the first five minutes of class (they’re supposed to be silent). Ms. M asked her to settled down and the student miraculously quieted down a little. During the lesson though, she couldn’t control her laughter after Mr. M made a small dance move. After both Ms. M and I asked her to relax and get back to focusing on her work, she continued to “uncontrollably” laugh for several minutes. She finally stopped, but then, presumably out of boredom, began to yell, “Mr. Crotcher! Mr. Crotch! Hey Mr. Crotch!”.
I initially ignored her, then, told her that she plainly needed to stop. I followed up with ‘an official warning’ and then a demerit that leads to a detention. As usual, these threats only added fuel to the fire, and the student responded with more attitude saying, “Mr. Crotch, Mr. Crotch! What else am I supposed to call you? That’s your god damn name!” while laughing. All of this, of course, is going on in the middle of Ms. M’s lesson. I told her that she had a ‘Disruptive Behavior’ and then exclaimed back at me, “Racist!” She left it on that note as I went to get the dean to take her away.
Back to this week – a few teachers had it rough. There were some major attempts at teacher-intimidation (I believe the phrase was, “You’re a stupid, monkey-faced b****), a desk thrown in the middle of the class, and also the following comedic altercation that happened today:
After loudly laughing and talking during independent practice in math class, I went over to two students to attempt to quiet them down. One student ignored me and continued to talk inappropriately and told the other to, “Suck her balls!” She repeated this three times directly front of me, only getting louder as I walked closer to her desk. She went on to explain that she was joking because she obviously did not have balls. “The only person in the room that has balls is you, Mr. Crotch!”.
Just as my face scrunched up and I was about to flip out over the many lines that had been crossed, she broke back into the awkward silence with, “On ya shirt!!!”
I looked down at my white button up shirt and quickly realized that I was wearing a goofy baseball tie for opening day of the Major League Baseball season (I’m lame, I know). I released some tensed up air from my lungs and then fought a smile. While I walked away I told her that that kind of language was not acceptable. Later on, my request for her to stop being loud and rude was met with a perfectly logical response. She told me that I should go away to another area of the room so I couldn’t hear her. Great reasoning there.
Thinking about the week since I last posted, I’ve been über busy. Not busy so much with misbehavior or frustration (I guess those three snippets were more isolated incidents), but more with graduate school work, meetings during school, and teacher soul-searching.
I’m not sure how it is in other schools (because this is all I know), but teachers have a ton of meetings in addition to our time hanging our with lovely adolescents. If your lucky enough to be a special education teacher, you have additional meetings with school counselors, school psychologist, social workers, and more! Yay!
But enough of my meeting-talk, I’m sure there are tedious meetings in whatever profession you are involved in. The main thing is that we’ve made it to spring. We’re all trucking along. Before we know it the sun will be out, our students will be taking their state standardized tests, and hopefully, some of the tension and pressure will be released from teachers and students alike.