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Archive for December, 2010

Winter Break

I’m kind of looking forward to having a week off from work.  The last week has been a bit busy with working and trying to get ready for the holidays.  I wasn’t called in the last few days before break; all the teachers must want to really fit in those tests as well as a party or two ; ) I really didn’t mind because it gave me time to do food shopping and run my last errands.  Needless to say, everywhere is crowded.  I have a list of things that I would like to do in my free time: vocab lessons, grad school research, scrapbooking, hair cut, sort/chuck papers.  We’ll see how much I actually get done

Hope everyone has a very happy holiday and a joyous and restful break!

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Parking Pros

When you are a sub, parking is usually not ideal.  You can check out my earlier post to see my views on it.  However, it can have some perks.  For me, it has helped with my parallel parking.  The past few weeks I have been at the same school and the teachers have assigned parking and receive permits.  Subs are on their own  for parking and I usually park on a street on the other side of the park adjacent to the school.  It’s a quick walk through the park to get to the school and many students park there rather than dealing with pricey permits or risking tickets in timed parking.  I leave the school for lunch and have gotten lots of practice parallel parking when I return…assuming my spot is still there.  This may not seem like a big deal but I DREAD parallel parking; it could have to do with me failing  my driver’s test the first time because of the evil task (Hitting the cone is an automatic failure).  I don’t even mind parking blocks away to avoid having to do it. However, when you have a limited amount of time for lunch and need to fight with a sea of students and be back in the classroom, walking those blocks is not a good idea.  So I suck it up and parallel park.  I try to leave a little extra space between me and the car in front of me to make getting back in easier but I will say I have improved quite a bit and have to do very little jockeying.  So sometimes inconvenience has an upside.

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So everyone looks back on his or her younger days and swears they were better than they probably were in actuality.  But I SWEAR my generation had more manners than the children I encounter today. They don’t ask for permission to do things, they look at you like you have two heads when you ask them to do something, and the foul language that has come out of there mouths-directed at me-is enough to melt your ears off.  Ok, not everyone is bad but some of the things these kids do would have had my parents down my throat.  I know when I was younger if the teacher yelled at the whole class I would have been in tears (I was such an angel) and I would have never thought of mouthing off (out loud). I said “please” (most of the time) and “thank you.”  I raised my hand, was quiet when called to attention, and didn’t question simple requests.  Sure, there were times I had off moments or forgot to say “please” but for the most part I knew who was in charge and respected that authority.

I was in a classroom today that the teacher was only in for one period; she had a drawer in a file cabinet but otherwise the room belonged to another teacher.  There was a giant box of pencils (I had never seen one this big) on the desk and while we were watching the movie a student walked up to the desk, took a pencil, and sat down.  I told him to return the pencil.  He proceeded to argue with me and said his teacher let him do it all the time. I said that may be the case but  1) She is not here today and I would prefer you not take things and 2) More importantly, you don’t just take things without asking.  He then huffily asked me if he could take the pencil but didn’t even wait for a response before placing it in his bag.  I told him to return it and he could ask at the end of class because he didn’t need a pencil to watch the movie.  Some may say I was being picky because who is going to miss 1 pencil out of a box of 150 (or whatever ridiculous amount was in that box) but I am a stickler for manners and proper behavior.  Besides,  I really did not know who owned the pencils or what the policy was; sometimes those kids are crafty speakers. Bottom line, just ask before you take.

More technology, too much tv, broken homes, or [insert excuse here] – I don’t know what the excuse is but I am NOT a fan.  Any lack of manners that shocked you?

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