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c6g's Message:

I can relate to all these comments.

Another "good" one: It will be a snack or break time, and you remind them that math will be starting in five minutes. The moment break is over and you ask them to open their math books, hands begin to go up. "I really have to go to the bathroom!" or "Can I go fill my water bottle?"

There's also the spilled water bottle routine, and it always seems to happen in the middle of an important lesson. They all want to jump up to wipe up the mess, and all concentration is gone.

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Sublime 12-10-2018 04:37 PM

I can relate to the bandaid/nurse request for the almost invisible wound on the finger. And the spilled liquid just after getting the class settled and starting math. The most recent one was a metal water bottle with chocolate milk in it, all over the student's desk and her neighbors desk and onto the floor. I don't need to describe what happened after that because you've all stated it perfectly well.

mooba1 12-09-2018 05:42 PM

Yes to all the other scenarios mentioned in your posts. I was nodding my head as I read each one!! Thanks for the posts, b/c in those moments of frustration, it really helps to know we’re in this together. Hope we all have a good week ahead.

elepen 12-09-2018 02:26 PM

Mooba1
This gave me the laugh I needed and can so relate

c6g 12-09-2018 05:24 AM

I can relate to all these comments.

Another "good" one: It will be a snack or break time, and you remind them that math will be starting in five minutes. The moment break is over and you ask them to open their math books, hands begin to go up. "I really have to go to the bathroom!" or "Can I go fill my water bottle?"

There's also the spilled water bottle routine, and it always seems to happen in the middle of an important lesson. They all want to jump up to wipe up the mess, and all concentration is gone.

luv2teach2017 12-08-2018 12:16 PM

Oh, I wouldn't say unusual...very typical 2nd grade antics, at least typical in my neck of the woods. Sadly, the super well behaved ones are the exception. And yes, it can really test your patience. (I admit, I get pushed to my limits at times.) You deserve a purple heart for coming back to the same group for more!

P.S. My personal favorite is the old "teacher, I need a bandaid" (or "I need an ice pack") routine. Of course, the "injured" student walks up to you and interrupts as you are teaching the math lesson and expects your immediate attention. The student points to a barely noticeable pinprick sized dot on their finger. When you ask them to sit down, they begin whining "but it really hurts." Then another student (or two) jumps up and offers to escort the "wounded" one to the nurse. By this time, the others have lost focus on math and have begun milling around, chatting, drawing pictures, making paper airplanes, etc. I mean seriously??????

mooba1 12-08-2018 11:28 AM

This particular pack of 2nd graders is off the chain, even for 2nd grade. As one of the other teachers said, “ They're like monkeys, they just do whatever pops into their heads, without thinking about what they’re doing”.

Yes, that might explain why one pulled out a book and began reading in the middle of Science, another cartwheeled into the room one morning (I am not making that up), 2 or 3 more tried to draw rather than do their work, and one got up and tried to wander about the room during instruction. It’s not as though I allow them to get away with it, but man! The constant manage, manage, manage wears me out by the end of the day.


Don’t even get me started on how they are offended by absolutely everything another classmate says or does, which of course leads to frequent arguing/hurt feelings/need to talk to the counselor. Puh-LEEZE.


Did I mention that a minimum of 4 students request to go to the nurse every time I’ve subbed in that class? “My stomach hurts”, “I think I have a fever”, “My dog ran into me last night and I need an ice pack”, and on and on. You’d think by now the frequent fliers would give it up, but no.


I keep my sanity by using humor as a defense against the hopelessness of this crew. Laugh or cry has long been my motto.

luv2teach2017 12-08-2018 06:24 AM

This gave me a good laugh ...I frequently teach 2nd grade, and you described the experience perfectly! They really are zany little little critters...sometimes really irritating, but often just humorous. A sense of humor helps for sure. Write more!

klarabelle 12-07-2018 09:48 PM

This was fun to read....I hope you will be able to in a while.

mooba1 12-07-2018 03:11 PM

This week, I was back with the hot mess second grade group that I've posted about before. Enjoy this sampling of...well, I don't really know how to categorize my experiences with this group.

Scene I: I'm in the middle of reviewing the class for an upcoming math test. They are solving problems, coming up to the board to share solutions and show their thinking, etc. Most of the class is actively engaged at this point.

Student 1 walks up to me,and interrupts me. Here we go:

Me: (irritatedly) What do you need?

Student 1: Can I have my free time on the computer now? (he had earned free time the day before, but hadn't gotten to take it, so it fell to me)

Me: (gritting my teeth) I'm in the middle of teaching a review for tomorrow's math test, and you've also just interrupted me mid-sentence. (snarling) Does this seem like a good time for you to ask about free time???

Student 1: (slinking away like a whipped dog) If he'd had a tail, it would've been tucked between his legs. No worries, within moments he was busy shaving a crayon with his scissors.

Scene II, same day: An hour and a half after specials are over.

Student 2: Mrs. Mooba, I just remembered that Coach told me to clip up (on the behavior chart).

Me: Hmm...really? Are you sure about that?

Student 2: Yeah, I had forgotten, but I just now remembered. (Purely coincidence that I'd just told 3 other students to clip up on the chart, I'm sure)

Me: I'll let you decide about clipping up, but just know that I will check with Coach to see if this is true. If he tells me he didn't tell you to clip up, you will be in serious trouble with me for lying. Now, are you sure that Coach said you could clip up?

Student: (deer-in-headlights look, long pause...and...) I could have been mistaken about that.

Me: Uh-huh. Go sit down.

Scene III, next day, same class: Students are taking a math test, and I have a small group at the teacher table, to whom I'm reading the test. Of course I'm monitoring the larger group as well, so I'm scanning from one side to the other. Imagine my shock and disgust when I look over to my immediate left to see that one of the kids at the teacher table has, in the past 15 seconds, taken off her shoe and sock, and has her bare foot up on the table, picking at her toenail.

That is all. Enjoy your weekend!




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