#kinderblog2012 Summer Challenge #3
Posted by mrsmelva on 15/07/2012
Tell us about your pet peeves. Do it however you want: write a list of 50 things that drive you crazy, or an essay about just one thing, or story combining several things, or write a song, or some limericks, or an epic poem. A photo essay! A slideshow! Video journalism! Stand up comedy! The sky is the limit, just tell us what grinds your teeth as a teacher (or an administrator, or a program director, or in whatever capacity you are joining this challenge.) (Yeah, parentheses again. I think I need an intervention.) Be careful: your blog is public, and you never know who is reading. Be positive and professional, but tell the truth. You can do it.It’s hard to list pet peeves when trying to maintain a positive attitude but reality is that we are human beings and things bug us. Usually it’s little ongoing things that bug us most, not big serious issues. In times of trouble people tend to pull together and support one another.
- cutesy bulletin board captions such as “beary good work”
- purchased posters/bulletin boards with rainbows that do not show the correct colour sequence
- technology that doesn’t work properly
- people who think that using manipulatives in math is a sign of weak skills and something to “wean the children off” rather than a tool for understanding and showing their understanding
- 6 pages of worksheets to accompany a 2 page story
- writing sub plans, especially if the sub does not follow the plans
- students arriving chronically late (I’d still rather have a student arrive late than miss the day, but some are late almost every day)
- parents who think that 10:00 (or even later) is an early bedtime for a k/1 student
- pages and pages of seatwork
- expensive math workbooks
- people who think kids can’t do things for themselves; like pour milk, get cereal, use a stapler, put pages in a duo tang, etc.
- separate health curriculum – all the health outcomes could be put into phys. ed., social studies and science (Saskatchewan provincial curricula)
- parents who expect teachers to tie shoes, zip jackets and even wipe bottoms for students!
- staff who sign up for extra curricular/committees and then don’t do it
- preparing a parent meeting (presentation, make & take project, snack & free book) and only having 1 parent show up
- keeping a hand written attendance register
- back breakingly low table for prep work in the staffroom
- no proper teacher prep room
- dirty dishes/sink/counter/coffee area in the staffroom
- people coming out late for recess supervision
- people who wear their snowy, wet, muddy footwear inside
- paper towel holders that are jammed or empty
- empty toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer dispensers
- Having to hunt down reading group leaders to get kids’ running records that should have been put in files
Well I think that is more than enough pet peeves for one grouchy old bag.