*Blogging everyday in May*
Rant about something.
YES!! I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time, but I’m always afraid one of my parents will find it and get angry. But nothing is holding me back today!
To future employers: I love my job, I love all my students and their families. Everyone has stuff to get off their chest!
To my previous families who may find this: No, this is not directed at you! I promise!
-I’m not an idiot.-
I went to school college for four years, had to spend over 100 hours in the classroom before I could even student teach, student taught for 16 weeks, annnnd I need to complete 18 hours of continuing education every year. Not forgetting that I spend 180 days a year with kids. So yeah, when I tell you your child is right where he needs to be, I know what I’m talking about.
-Yes, your kid would do that and probably did do that.-
The kid that you see at home is not the same student who spends over seven hours a day with the same kids who are the same age. It’s like a pressure cooker, everyone needs to let off a little steam. Children react differently to new situations. Trust me. I’ve heard all the excuses. And no, low blood sugar isn’t the cause of Suzy’s problems.
-Your child is not a genius.-
I know, I know he’s reading at home. I’m not pushing him enough. He’s bored. Heard ‘em all. I’m sure Jonnie is bright, I can see that, but pushing him will not help. Kids, especially young ones, have a tendency to level out. The child who is ahead in September may plateau in February. It’s ok, and totally normal. Did you hear me?? Your kid is normal.
-I love your child, but she’s not my whole world.-
Don’t get me wrong, I will celebrate Sally, hang up her artwork by my desk, and hug her every day. But when the day is done, I go home to my house and have my life.Trust me, I will love your child long after she’s left my room. I also have to consider 15-20 other students and their feelings. Your child is not the only child in my class.
-If you (or your child) are having a problem please talk to me.-
Contrary to popular belief, I’m not a mind reader. If something is wrong, I want you to talk to me. If you’re uncomfortable, email is fine. And I beg of you, don’t come to me in the morning and say “can we talk tomorrow?” and not give me any warning of the topic. I will freak out all night long, guaranteed.
-I love your child.-
Each child is loved by me more than you know. When teacher appreciation week comes around, please let me know how you feel about me. I don’t need anything. A note from you and a drawing by your child is perfect. I have a folder of cards and notes from every class. I’ll read them on the day you will inevitably yell at me.
-I don’t need another candle/lotion pack/bookmark/mug.-