Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Teaching or Truckin'?

I came home last night so demoralized and tired that I began wondering how much I could make driving semis. I'm sure that my fondness for Jerry Reed and Burt Reynolds could overcome the itch of long distance driving hemorrhoids. Anyway, as I drove to work this morning I kept fighting the urge to bawl like a baby. This is too hard. I don't know what I'm doing. The kids are going to declare anarchy and my name will be plastered in the headlines as the world's worst teacher. Boo hoo hoo. So what happens? My morning is fabulous. The kids are interacting intelligently, laughing at my jokes and I am organized like a baptist potluck dinner. I am hitting my stride. And then SPLAT! Sixth period. Sixth period my largest class. Sixth period my class full of really large and loud boys. Sixth period. I think they smell my fear. So all in all, I think I will declare the day a draw and head back into the arena tomorrow a little more confident. Maybe. To every fellow teacher blogger who posted about their tiredness on the first day of school, thank you. You have inspired and bolstered me. One other thing though, all you experienced high school teachers, help!!!!!! How do I bluff these overgrown puppies?


CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Take a lesson from Horton the Elephant:

"I mean what I said, and I said what I meant: An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent."

Say what you mean, mean what you say, and don't back down.

You'll do just fine.

Good luck!

Ms. V. said...

Bluff? No need. Do a fun Friday activity. Seriously, I teach AVID, so Fridays are free. I got groups together and took bandanas and tied their wrists together. 8 in a circle.

Their task? Make root beer floats for everyone in the group.

It was fabulous, and my biggest boys, who were formerly hoodlums, rose to the challenge and became leaders. At least momentarily.

I also teach Language Arts. You could always give them a spelling test. LOL :)

Good luck, and great blog!

*waves to CTG above!*