As Told by Me, A High School English Teacher
10 Things I LOVE About My JOB-Seriously!
1. June, July, and August
2. Energy Energy Energy...I can be having the worst day of my life and I will walk into a room of 14-15 year olds and absorb their energy- they have plenty to share- and I'm upbeat and happy. It's amazing.
2. Conversations like this:
"Homework? We had homework?"
"Test? We are having a test?"
3. Conversations like this:
"Mrs. G, why am I failing?
me: Well you failed the summer reading test because you said you didn't read.
"Well can I have extra-credit?"
me: no, I told you for two weeks before the test~ be sure to read.
"Well I didn't like the books, so I didn't read."
"So....no extra credit?"
4. June, July, and August
5. Conversations like this:
"Mrs. G, guess what??????
"I met a boy!!!"
me: You did! Cool! Who is it?
" I call him Back-pack Boy because I don't know his name, but we texted all weekend."
me: collective sigh...feebly~ oh
6. Conversations like this:
"I'm Joe's mom and I'd like to know why he's failing"
me: Joe isn't turning in work.
"Oh really. He tells me he doesn't have homework ever."
me: Mrs. H, this is an honor's course, he pretty much has homework all the time, and I do give him an agenda for the week on Monday, and I do make them copy it everyday, and it is posted on the web, so no excuses there.
"Oh I see...He's soooo busted."
7. June, July, August
8. Random things I get to hear:
" I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Gleeeeeeeeeeeee"
"That show's gay"
"Family Guy Rocks"
"That show's gay"
"Hey...It's raining!! Wow!
"I love Romeo and Juiliet- I haven't read it yet, but I already like it."
"I liked Animal Farm even though none of your other students did"
"Miss, Miss....no one will read this but you, right?"
"Friday night-X-Box live-- see ya online~ it's a party"
"Mrs.G do you believe in the conspiracy theory or are you a non-believer because they are watching us...?"
"I just texted my mom and she said it's ok.....oops sorry Mrs.G"
9. Reflexive Essays
I am collecting them this Friday, grading them all weekend, and I guarantee I will be doing a lot of crying and probably sobbing. The three topics to choose from were:
1. Write about a time you did something you regret or 2). Write about someone or something that impacted your life or 3) Write about something you wanted, but couldn't have.
Here are the issues I've seen so far as I helped edit.
death, divorce, drugs, jail (both parents, one parent, student), medical issues, BB guns, guns, police, mean girls, boys that hit, puppies and Bob Hope. It's never dull.
10. And did I mention, June, July, and August!!