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.
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!
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?
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!