I love my students. God knows I do.
But they get on my gotdawg nerves. Somedays, I go home completely outdone and as Darrel J. Hunt says, “You can’t outdo black people”. He was wrong. I am a black people, and these pubescent beings, at the end of the day, leave me outdone.
Whether it’s the after-recess smell, their refusal to stop talking in class, or like not even 5 minutes into writing this, grabbing and bouncing their chesticles, they leave me outdone.
I fully realize that this may be putting the nail in my coffin, but here goes:
Five Ways to Irk Your Middle School Teacher
5. Say “hi” to everytime you see them. I mean, everytime. When you come in in the morning. When you go to the bathroom and return to the classroom. When you pass them in the hallway. If you look away, and look back up at them, say hi. Hey, is jut as irksome. Why you ask?
BECAUSE WE SEE YOU. ALL DAY. IN CLASS. WE TAKE ATTENDANCE AND WE KNOW YOU’RE HERE. WE DON’T NEED THE HELLO GREETING ALL DAY. AND HONESTLY, WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE MEANINGLESS EXCHANGES, WHICH “HI” AT 2:30, IS.
4. Talk about things that have absolutely nothing to do with the assignment, during class. If you’re in English, talk about that one time when your auntie bought a dress for her birthday,
and she thought it was lit, but really, she looked like a sausage. Math class? Don’t talk about exponents. Uh unh. Rather, talk about how you’re going to go shopping for the latest LeBrons after school, because your uncle forgot to get you something for your birthday which was over two months ago. Yeah, that’ll do it.
BECAUSE IT TAKES AWAY FROM INSTRUCTION TIME. AND QUITE HONESTLY, IF YOU’RE NOT BANGING OUT STRAIGHT A’s AND ALL THE EXTRA CREDIT, THEN YOU REALLY DON’T HAVE TIME TO BE TALKING ABOUT CLOTHES AND SHOES. AUNTIES OR UNCLES. IT’S MATH. ENGLISH. NOT FASHION FILES OF THE FORGOTTEN RELATIVES. AND, THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE ON YOUR QUIZ THIS FRIDAY.
3. Complain that the assignment is too much work, no matter what the assignment is.
LISTEN. MOST IF NOT ALL OF YOUR TEACHERS HAVE AT LEAST, 16 YEARS OF EDUCATION UNDER THEIR BELTS. THIS MEANS 16 YEARS OF LISTENING, READING, WRITING, SORTING, MATH AND CRITICAL THINKING. SOME OF US, ACTUALLY HAD TO GO TO THE LIBRARY, FIND BOOKS, AND LOOK UP WHAT WE WANTED TO KNOW. ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES WERE OUR GOOGLE. CURSIVE HANDWRITING WAS A CLASS ALL IT’S OWN, AND EVERYTHING WE TURNED IN HAD TO BE WRITTEN IN CURSIVE. IN OTHER WORDS, WE HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT THREE PARAGRAPHS, IS TOO MUCH WORK. AND IF YOU HAVE PLANS PAST 8TH GRADE, (AND YOU BETTER) YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE MUCH HIGHER EXPECTATIONS ON YOU THAN MIDDLE SCHOOL. RESEARCH PAPERS (500 WORDS MINIMUM) IN THREE DIFFERENT CLASSES, DUE ALL ON THE SAME DAY. WHEN YOU DO THAT, HOLLA AT ME. UNTIL THEN, DO YOUR WORK. AND THAT’S JUST HIGH SCHOOL. I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO GO INTO POST-SECONDARY EXPECTATIONS.
WELP. HOW CAN I SAY THIS…
NOBODY WANTS TO SMELL THE INSIDE OF YOUR ASSES, CHILDREN. AND NOBODY REALLY THINKS IT’S FUNNY. THAT LAUGHTER? DEFENSE MECHANISM. IT KEEPS YOUR CLASSMATES AND PEERS FROM STRAIGHT CUSSING YOU OUT. SERIOUSLY THOUGH. MUCH LIKE #4, IT TAKES AWAY FROM INSTRUCTION TIME. IT IS ALSO MAD DISRESPECTFUL. I MEAN, I GET IT. WE ALL FART. IT IS A DIGESTIVE FUNCTION OF BIOTIC ORGANISMS. BUT DAMN. MOST OF YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’VE GOTTA CUT LOOSE. MOST OF YOU HAVE TIME, BEFORE YOU CUT LOOSE TO EXCUSE YOURSELVES FROM THE ROOM. NOW, IF YOU ASK AND ARE DENIED, HEY. AT LEAST YOU TRIED. BUT DAWG. TO EAT HOT CHEETOS FOR BREAKFAST AND THEN MAKE ALL THE REST OF US SUFFER, AND MISS THE LESSON? DOWNRIGHT RUDE. AND DRINK MORE WATER. EAT A VEGETABLE OR TWO FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
- Lie. About who started what, who said what to whom, which pet ate your homework (the teddy bear, right? Because you don’t have any pets! Doing your work and someone stealing it, or the all time worst: “You didn’t give me one.” As if, we’re going to punish you by not giving you the assignment that was given to every other student in class, just to be able to give you the zero the next day.
WHEN YOU LIE, YOU BREAK TRUST WITH YOUR COMMUNITY, PERIOD. TRUST IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF ANY RELATIONSHIP, WHETHER IT’S FRIENDLY, ROMANTIC, FAMILIAL, AND/OR STUDENT-TEACHER. YOU TRUST YOUR TEACHERS TO TEACH YOU. YOU TRUST YOUR TEACHERS TO KNOW MORE THAN YOU. YOU TRUST YOUR TEACHERS TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND. YOU TRUST THAT YOUR TEACHERS WILL NOT HARM YOU OR PUT YOU IN HARM’S WAY. YOU TRUST, THAT YOUR TEACHERS WILL PROTECT YOU. YOUR TEACHERS TRUST THAT YOU WILL BE READY TO LEARN. THAT YOU WILL PUT FORTH THE EFFORT TO MOVE ALONG TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF THINGS, WHATEVER THAT LEVEL IS FOR YOU. WE TRUST THAT YOU’RE GOING TO RESPECT YOURSELVES AND OTHERS. WE TRUST THAT YOU WON’T STEAL FROM US. BUT WHEN YOU LIE? WE LOSE THE CAPACITY TO TRUST YOU FOR ANYTHING. REMEMBER THE STORY OF THE LITTLE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF? WHEN YOU LIE TO YOUR TEACHERS, YOU BECOME THAT LITTLE BOY, AND WE EVENTUALLY, WILL TUNE OUT YOUR WOLF CRIES BECAUSE YOU’VE COMPROMISED YOUR VOICE. SQUARELY LYING PUTS YOU IN DANGER.
That’s my rant. Thanks for reading.
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