The School of Hard Knocks

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  • jeanie orem, UT
    April 29, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    This article made me laugh! I am an elementary art specialty teacher and see 1st-6th grade each day. I have also taught as a regular full time teacher in elementary school. I have to say, this author pegged 3rd graders. And it really does take only 2-3 energetic and creative kids to get the whole class going, except of course for those few cute little serious students who just want to learn and get frustrated at the noise.

    I agree with "a disaster of first graders". They are by far the cutest kids in the school, but my hat is off to their teachers. I have them for 40 minutes each day and I am worn out when they leave.

    Yes, it takes a bit of insanity to be a teacher. I admit I suffer from it - I love teaching these kids.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Great story. Totally realistic, too. It takes a special sort of insanity to be a teacher. Thank goodness there are a lot of insane good people out there!

  • Random Redlands, CA
    April 27, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    I'm only halfway through, but yep, I've had days like that. The first grade class I took yesterday about did me in -- and I've subbed everything from pre-k to high school seniors. When I paused for breath, yes, just between sentences, the kids thought that meant I was done talking and it was their turn to talk. Chatter. Babble. Ask if they could go to the bathroom. Wander. When the teacher came back, she said they are the same for her, and she's been teaching for over twenty years! She taught both of my kids and is highly regarded at the school, district and community. It was just that batch of kids! I would call them "a disaster of first graders". If we can have a "murder of crows", why not?

  • TonyaLee TUCSON, AZ
    April 26, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    If you ever have a next time, try subbing in middle school! That's an experience. Actually, that's where I like subbing the best. There are some pretty cool middle school students!