Tomorrow, I begin Anew
The school where I teach is on the type of block schedule where one quarter (we call it a "term") is equivalent to a semester on a traditional schedule. This means that tomorrow, I will get all new students and will teach Spanish 1 and 2 instead of 3 and 4 as I did in the fall. I am busily preparing my day, including revising my parent letter/policy sheet that I give out at the beginning of each class. I am struck by the things that bug me. Every teacher has things that bug them and others that roll off their backs.
Here are some things (student behaviors)that aren't huge and I'm not proud that they do, but that bug me anyway:
1. Yawning really loudly during instruction. Very rude.
2. Students who incessantly taptaptaptaptaptaptap on their desks.
3. Students who put their notebook, workbook, reams of paper inside their textbook, thus s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the binding of our already-decrepit-books. Reminds me of that old folktale "The Mitten", where all the animals take shelter in this one, lone mitten.
4. Doing homework in a rush at the start of class, when it's due, instead of taking the time to do it at home, where they can process the material.
5. Tests or other work handed in done in anything other than black or blue pen or pencil.
6. Kids not putting their first AND last names on their papers.
7. Thinking they are getting away with texting in class. Here, I once again turn into this man.
8. Make up work in general. I want to forge ahead, and yet, I must constantly go backwards.
Here are some things that bother others, but I don't care so much about:
1. Scooting into class as the bell rings.
2. Students asking to use the restroom. Classes are 90 minutes long, the bathrooms only have 3 stalls, we have a big building - 7 minutes of passing time is sometimes just enough to push through crowded hallways. Sometimes, they gotta go.
3. Chatter. I've developed a tolerance for this during work time in class.
4. Not having proper headings.
5. The pencil sharpener. (Really. I know someone who had theirs removed from the classroom altogether and requires the students to bring their own little twisty sharpeners.)
What teacher things bug you the most?