My word of the day: irritation.
I’ll say right now, this is not the most positive of posts for Monday, so if you are looking for motivational or uplifting, there’s nothing to see here.
I’m irritated because I’ve got students who’ve all ready given up, for whatever reason. They think life will not get better beyond their 8th grade year, and have said or written as much. They won’t read, they won’t write, and think they can get by with that behavior. It’s irritating, because I know better, our 8th grade team knows better, and that’s hard to watch them go through the motions. We push and pull and cajole and plead and try our hardest to get them to come with us, working harder than they are to get them to a spot they don’t want to be. Ugh.
I’m irritated because last night, my youngest daughter, the one we just took on a college visit, comes in a says, “I wish I would have taken school seriously last year.” Gee, ya think? Had a lot of fun with friends, and couldn’t understand when we’d ground her or get on her case about grades. “C’s get degrees” is one of the things she said to us, OUT LOUD, that landed her in hot water. Needless to say, I think seeing some of the academic standards that are expected of her in college is making her a bit uneasy. Good, it should.
I’m irritated because school is just, school. I’m tired, I’m grouchy, I’m not happy with how the class is running, with how parents are reacting, all of it. Part of it is my own problem with being swamped by a bunch of writing to correct, but there are other parts as well, that I won’t go into detail right now.
I’m irritated with the trip we had this weekend. I’d written about this Saturday about the calm that happens down there, but this time, it just didn’t. My wife’s aunt wanted to talk about politics all the time (very left leaning) and it just kind of wore on us. We consider ourselves very moderate, but are being pushed to the left with the idiocy that’s going in the Iowa Legislature and the national government’s dysfunction. A weekend without that kind of yuck would have been great. We really didn’t get it.
What will I do? Slap on a happy face and move forward. I work in a place where being overly negative doesn’t work. I live in a home where being overly negative doesn’t work. So, I’ll be as positive as possible, and work through it, like I always do.
March 6, 2017 at 8:33 am
A common phrase that I hear often from students is D=diploma. A phrase I have come to hate and they think that gives them the right to do just enough to stay at 60% and yes, I have students who will spend more time and effort making sure that they don’t go above 60%. So frustrating
March 6, 2017 at 8:40 am
We talk a lot about graduation and how they have to work to get there. Many don’t put in the time now, so I’m worried about when the hard work comes, what will they do? How will the high school teachers deal with this? I don’t know, but it keeps me awake at nights. 😦
March 6, 2017 at 8:33 am
March 6, 2017 at 8:38 am
Tell me about it.
March 6, 2017 at 8:50 am
I am right there with you. I had a meltdown on my class Friday because 8 of 27 kids (6th graders) did not turn in the final draft of their information book we’ve been working on for weeks. Now I have piles of work to grade: 6o information books, 60 writer’s notebooks I also collected, and today, they are turning in another 60 book reports. Poor planning on my part, I’d say. Sort of like your daughter. You reap what you sow.
March 6, 2017 at 8:55 am
And I know it’s just the mid-year/winter blahs happening, but good grief! We’ll get through, eventually!
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March 6, 2017 at 9:01 am
Hopefully writing it down will help you move forward. I find that sometimes that happens for me. I hope your day gets better.
March 6, 2017 at 9:28 am
Sometimes we just need to vent and I find that writing about it also helps tremendously. You are human. It’s aggravating when “our” kids are not achieving to their potential. We know what the consequences can be and sometimes the only way for the kids to know it to experience it. It’s unfortunate, but true and often times how we learned. I am positive that you will find at least one positive thing today that I students or your own daughter said or did that gives you hope. Keep on truckin’ because even though they ALL may not be listening – some are and they need you! You got this!
March 6, 2017 at 8:14 pm
>some are and they need you! <
And that's why we keep doing this, because somebody does need us! 🙂 Thanks for the wise words!
March 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm
I like to think that a positive attitude helps with the challenges in life, Darin. We are here to listen to you though.
March 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm
🙂 I typically have a positive attitude, but it just struck me how annoyed I was this morning about life. It was good that I could write about this, just to “dump” this out and move forward.
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March 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm
i totally know what you mean and feel with this! i hope tomorrow is a better day.
March 6, 2017 at 8:14 pm
Tomorrow will be a better day. It’s just tough when all this yuck comes to the surface! 🙂
March 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm
March 6, 2017 at 7:33 pm
My motto is always “Fake it ’til you make it”.
I’m having the same issue with some kids–and I know those kids will be the ones who want my help at the end of the semester getting everything done. I just have to keep focusing on the ones who are doing what they are supposed to and making my day go smoothly…
March 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm
And that’s exactly what my 8th grade team told me: use your energy wisely and use it on those you know are going to be doing the work.
I have some smart friends! Thank you! 🙂
March 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm
This read like one of my own journal entries! While the details are different, the feeling was all too familiar; I think we’ve ALL been there. I admire you for at least putting on the positive face. I know I all too often wallow! I hope writing this allowed you to vent some of your irritation.
March 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm
What else shall I do but “fake it until I make it”? 🙂 Yes, it did feel better to get things out, but it was still a tough day. Either way, a good night’s sleep is in order!
Thanks for stopping by tonight! 🙂