My continuing adventures as a paraeducator in the suburban school system. What the hell I witness going in the schools today.
A continuation of my thread/blog Adventures In Sub-teaching. What I see & experience in the classrooms, hallways & meeting rooms of a junior high school.
This is our future and your tax dollars at work...
= This is going to be interesting. Our teacher will be out until Thursday on the 6th grade camping trip. He is the only one the students fully respond to when it comes to rules & discipline 6 of the 7 students in our class stayed & couldn't go on the trip. So today we had a sub we've never met before come in and try to get invovled. Guess how that went with a class of emotional support students who are left behind, ha...
From jump they were clowning and acting up more than usual. One student who is normally quiet decided today is the day I come out of my shell and mouth off to teachers. Big mistake. My student got a little funny til I pulled him aside & told him the deal. This will be an interesting week to say the least.
= Thank goodness I spent half the day at the doctor's and we watched a movie with the rest of us 'leftovers' from the camping trip. Zion was pushing my nerves with his trash talk during the P.I.G. ball game (and yeah in part 'cause I was missing shots). I wrecked him Connect Four though, ha. But glad these days with the teacher out over, he needs to return and handle them 'cause they barely listen to us. We can finally go back earning our minimal pay sitting back and getting involved only when necessary. Hope he enjoyed his holiday away because they are all his Thursday & Friday while I'm out. Have fun.
There are just days left until I am no longer an administrator. *sigh* I'm going to miss the students. I wonder how long it's going to take for them to stop showing up in my dreams. Maybe that will never stop.
Today, I met with the CPS case worker and the student in my office. The student had asked me to assist her. So, I sat there and listened to dude tell her what she needed to do. I pray that she will make it through the rest of the school year. I pray that she doesn't get what she got at home again. I had so many mixed feelings when I drove her home and her mother gave me a hug. damn
= Yes, four more official days and the last is a half day, whoo-hoo! Glad things have gotten better with my class and I can say I will them but not some of the behavior when they go off. But they have mostly been good these last days.
The one student tried to act up when I asked him sit down during class. When he was standing around during our P.I.G. basketball game I asked again and he mouthed off until the teacher straightened him out. And then he still missed and was knocked out. Can't front it was some satifyingly funny justice served to young bro, chill & slow your role when ol' headz are talking.
= Tomorrow it's over. Can't describe how good this feels, at the same time it just seems long overdue. My student & I now get along and I'm sure he'll do well at the middle school. I'm done for a bit with education at this level for awhile but I may return in a different capacity. I wish the students all the best and i know the staff are going to enjoy their time off as much or more than myself.
= It's done, school is over. Graduation was actually really emotional and many of these young wannabe thugs/hardasses were sobbing about leaving. I almost got caught up but had to get it together, I'mma man, nahimean?! Hahahaha
I did let my student know that i was very proud of how much he's matured and that I had his back for aanything. I sincerely hope all goes well this summer I will be checking in on him as visit back to Philly. This ended well.
And man, I don't think anyone was more happy than the teachers & staff. Nobody parties as hard off-duty than teachers from what I've seen. You don't want to get a crew of exhausted teachers in bar or restaurant, our unit practically shut the place down. Have to give it them that they know how to seperate their professional & social life because they can get as twisted & raunchy as a bunch of sailors on a 2-day leave. Oh if the parents saw this, ha...
I had a dream that I was preparing for my class. *sigh* Maybe I'll go back into the classroom. I miss teaching. But for now, definitely NOT administration. I just can't.
= 6 months later & I don't miss working in the schools. I only miss the holidays, paycheck and the (mostly) wonderful staff & students I worked with. I'll accept a gig here in ATL but I ain't running in that direction right now.
I do wonder how my students are doing, man junior high is where it all goes down. Your self-esteem, identity, true friends, athletics, musical likes, academic choices, etc. truly begin at that stage around 6-8 grade between 11-14ye ars of age. Daily drama.
Oh well, the bad parts are no logner my problem. I wish them all the best and maybe see y'all in the future. Peace!