Monday, February 22, 2010

What I Learned in Kindergarten

Last Friday I was scheduled to volunteer in Chatty's classroom.  As soon as I walked in the room I could tell something wasn't right ... and then I got the news from one of the students ... "We have a visiting teacher today" (I guess they don't call them substitutes anymore).  Needless to say it was chaotic when I walked in ... the boys were all over the place and no one was listening to the "Visiting Teacher".  She had no control over the class and looked so relieved when I walked in.  The sad part was the whole time I was there she kind of looked to me to lead the class.  So being the Type A person I am I did just that.  When they wouldn't listen to the "Visiting Teacher's" instructions, I threatened to escort them to Dr. B's (the principal) office.  One kid said "All of us?" and I responded by saying "If that's what it takes" ... they settled down a little bit after that.  In the course of the 90 minutes I was there, I put two boys in STEP (timeout), one of which was the Mr. X who Chatty is no longer allowed to play with.  The little punk told me I was mean when I put him in STEP for kneeing another boy.  Further confirmation as to why Chatty will NEVER be allowed to play with him.   

Some other observations:
  • One little boy went to the bathroom and was in there for quite a while.  When he came out he sighed and said "Man I feel better now" (mimicking his father I am sure).  I felt bad for the little girl who had to go in after him. 
  • A couple boys in Chatty's class have longer hair than her. 
  • One boy said to me "I get to go to The Turks and Caicos for my birthday" - umm what?  Yep that's right he is going on a nice little Caribbean trip with his family for his 6th birthday (aka family vacation).  Yes I am a little lot jealous.


starnes family said...

Oh my! The kid coming out of the bathroom......yuck! Boys are so gross.

Sara said...

Turks and Caicos...are you kidding me!?!?! That kid won't even appreciate it. Ugh.

When did they stop calling them substitutes?? That's just dumb.

p.s. I promise I will do my best to instill good manners in my son. I cringe every time I read something like the bathroom story.

Sassafrass Jane said...

Is it bad that I'm laughing at the kid that dropped a deuce? Laughing that he thinks that's acceptable! Goodness!!
Good for you for stepping up to the plate. I would have done the same thing, but I would have been pissed about it. Isn't the Visiting Teacher's job?? (Weird about ditching 'substitute')

AZCottrell said...

Visiting Teacher makes it feel like an honor or something - like a foreign exchange program where the teacher is visiting from Uganda or something. Strange! I cannot believe you were having to do that much! Crazy!

morewineplease said...

Oh Wow! That poor teacher!
Not sure how I feel with the long hair on boys... the other day I could barely tell if I was looking at boys or girls!

BMB-The Mom said...

Good job saving the day! Sounds like it was kinda fun! And boy, you sure experienced quite a bit in 90 minutes!

FROGGITY! said...

turks and caicos... um, scuse me not fair!

i would be po'ed at a sub who passed the buck... i understand needing help but c'mon, we can do better than that! glad you were there to take charge though!

keep your sweet girl far far away from X. he sounds awful...