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...
I'm yo' pushaaaa...sugar pusha...
= For real I'm looking at the front door. I've had enough and they worked my nerves today. And I ain't doing the V-Day this time, y'all got it.
I can't believe that I have to write up another teacher! Why would you say that shit to students? Damn. Please bring your union rep with you as I present you with my letter.
A switch blade? Really? Suspended.
Threatened to kick her ass? Really? But you told mama that she slapped you? Come on! That didn't happen. Suspended.
But remember, YOUR child chose to throw the potatoes. If it's in her hair, she put it in there.
And stop talking to my staff any ol' way. What you said to my secretary was rude. You owe her an apology. You can't be calling up here doing that.
You know that your child can be rude. Today, he was rude to my counselor. We can't have that.
Please leave my office. I love you, but you're always in my office.
Today, I realized that I'm always stuck in my office. And it seems like it's nonstop. Damn.
^^^ as the school turns, right? Along the same lines a little spoiled punk who I've had to straighten out a few times (one time in front of our whole class, enjoyed that one, classic hahaha) I heard his mother was coming in and meeting with all his teachers over something he did. And the staff member who told me said his mom was coming in all agressive.
Man I wish I was there for that one 'cause I'd have a load of stuff to tell his Mom. Little chump, trying to tease the students in our special ed class and when he tried to protest I made him stand in front of the class, told him to chill his loud his tone and apologize to to everyone. This same kid who always gets new sneakers & skateboards. Ought to paddle some spoiled chumps asses with those boards.
I shouldn't laugh at the misfortune of school drama you two have experienced.
But DAAAAAMN, that shit is FUNNY. Thank you!! :)
= Junior High Love Triangle, pt. 1
A student in our class, "Theo" is best friends with "Karl". Theo has a crush on "Shea" who's also in our class but he never brought up that he liked her. Well Karl is a more assertive, extroverted character and he happened to like Shea also and actually asked to the Valentine's Day dance and now officially (as declared by Karl) they are an item, boyfriend & girlfriend.
Theo is upset by all this, especially because he feels he's losing his best friend and his wannbe-girlfriend in one fell swoop. He's all messed up and not able to focus in class and I finally have to take Theo & Karl outside the class for a man-to-young men talk. Theo's begging Karl to delay his romance with Shea a week until he can adjust & I tell him it doesn't go like that, you have let folks live and be with who they choose. I explain that they shouldn't let the drama get in the way of everyone's friendship and after some deliberation they agree to stay cool with each other.
Interesting to observe from the outside. I know was probably more awkward with girls than even Theo at his age and I hope he learns this lesson from this personal young drama.
= JH Love Triangle pt. 2: hits the fan...
Everything seemed to be cool for most of the day today. Our little circle was getting along, no drama. Then at the close of the day during the activity period, Karl asks to come by our class. He's gets permission and arrives, I step to the john.
When I return my co-assistant looks troubled and points toward Theo who's crying by another of our staff trying to console him while the rest are playing Uno. I'm like what's up and ask the the 2nd assistant, she just nods her head. My co-assistant suggests to the 2nd that I should speak to him as a man and the 2nd says not now, he won't hear it. I try to talk to Theo and he's a mess.
We leave out for the buses and I speak to him briefly. Apparently he's upset because Shea acts different to Theo when she's with Karl. I try tell help him understand but there isn't enough time, they have to leave. I tell Theo we'll talk later.
I'm slightly mad at myself & the 2nd assistant because I should have just pulled him aside regardless of what she said. My co-assistant was correct about I should have a man-to-man talk about girls with him. Who knows, maybe the 2nd asst. was part right but I should have jumped in. Though that would have been usurping her judgement so I'll step in later with less audience.
First real heartbreak, damn. Better to happen now than later they say.
= The school system has screwed me up for the last time. They traded me like a horse to my former school to fill space they needed. And didn't properly send me information on when I would leave and who I was dealing with. Told me yesterday I'm leaving next week, then today called me at work and told me I have to leave right now. You idiots caused a scene and an unceremonious exit that disturbed my class & co-workers, I didn't have proper time to see them off. Treated me like a 12th string bench warmer with no propects. I guess it's up to me to define my free agent status.
That's cool though. You made it clear how feel about me & my efforts so I'm giving you the same. I am so out of here. No more laziness, I am actively looking for another way to pay bills than this education system, y'all are fucked up. I'm leaving this place the moment I find somewhere that pays a dollar more than you do.
I plan to leave before the end of the school year but I'll stick out the semester at the most. I swear on my father's grave I will not return in the fall. This has soured me toward the school system completely. I have no more patience. If I wasn't so desperate for money I'd dramatically leave right now but I ain't in my 20's with a world of possibilities and naive dreams in my head. I have to eat & pay bills. I will properly plan my escape.
Yes I'm angry. But y'all did give me the kick in the ass I need. Fuck everybody, I'm doing me.
^^^ Damn. Your students sure are going to miss you. If I ever open a school, I'm sending for yo ass! Good luck in finding that other position where you're not moved to another location at the drop of a hat. Being an educator takes so much patience and compassion. YOU have that. Students deserve folks like you. Please remember that where ever you go, students will benefit from your expertise. You, African, are an educator. And a damn good one. There is absolutely no reason to walk away from THAT.
Gracias. They best get what they need now because when my window opens, I'm out.
I saw so many students in my office today. I hate having to investigate something that happened on campus. But the more and more students I spoke to, the more the truth kept revealing itself. I'm not an investigator. I'm not a police officer. I'm an educator. But damn it if I don't always have to investigate something that has happened on campus, on the internet or off campus at the damn park.