March 15, 2016
What do the weather, my students, and my day have in common?
They all are a roller coaster ride.
Today we have 50 degree weather, mist and clouds. Tomorrow’s forecast is 30 degrees and snow. 3 days ago we had 70 degrees too.
Today, my students were crazy and very disrespectful. This has been a very low day. My students disrespect each other, say terrible things to each other and look at me like I am crazy when I wait for them to be quiet and act like I am putting them out for wasting their time. I am very frustrated and so sad for this day. Yesterday, we were on a productive high, getting work done, having wonderful conversations and just riding the top of the coaster.
This leads me to my roller coaster. I have been teaching for 8 years. I admittedly am not the best classroom manager, however, I have tried to be consistent in behavior and in expectation. I refer to expectation, I remind students of positive behaviors as well. Lest they do not, and I stress as their work is incomplete, their grades suffer and I struggle with the off task and on task behavior. I clearly blame myself and am frustrated with the day.
Beware the Ides of March.. Hmm.. is there something to this day?