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Old 03-26-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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Thoughts from today...

I have 2 students this year who are just smug. They eye roll, act better than their peers, and are right on the line of talking back/arguing. I am in the kind of mood where I want to nail them on every little thing because their "smug-ness" is irritating me. BTW, I teach 1st.

Testing schedules had us shift our specials time (we used to be late afternoon, now we are first thing in the morning) and now the kids are in the room ALL DAY LONG after special.

I need a glass of wine. Or 3.

This seems like a long week and tomorrow is Thursday, not Friday...wahhh.

Winter feels like it is NEVER going to leave. I want my flip flops!!!!

Alrighty...done venting for now...thanks for listening! What's bugging you today?


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Old 03-26-2014, 02:12 PM
 
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have a cousin of your students. He is the worst. It infuriates me how he acts. I teach 2nd grade.

I'll have some rum and coke please.
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Last year I had one. She wasn't paying attention and was playing with something. I told her to hand it over. She gave me that look as she put it in her mouth before giving it to me. As I took it from her her smile disappeared when I informed her that I wasn't bother at all since I clean 5 litter boxes every day. BTW she didn't want it back!
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that was hilarious. I could just picture the face of my kids if I said that to them. I may have to try it.
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I think I have the older sister to your students!

This student told me she wanted a meeting with her parent and another teacher so she could see the battle that she thought would ensue. I looked at her and said, "Not on my watch."

Today this student wanted her way and was on the verge of throwing a fit until Mom let her know that mom was on my side and not the student's. It was kind of nice to watch the back tracking happen.


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My strangely smug student
Old 03-26-2014, 03:22 PM
 
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I taught him about 20 years ago. He was insufferably smug and always had an aloof amused look on his face, when not actively sneering or putting someone down. His mom thought he was the most precious amazing child ever and he was bored because he was so "gifted." Not.

Well, multiple college degrees later, I find this 30 plus years old man has still never been employed on a steady full-time basis. Really?! So evidently I was not the only person who couldn't bear to look at that smug face or be challenged over every word spoken.
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Well, see my post above about what bothered me today.

Otherwise, I actually twisted my foot and fell today in my classroom. Since I fell away from my students, I didn't see the initial reaction but several of them yelled "it's not funny" to one particular child I will call PITA kid. About 10 of them had their hand over their mouths, as if horrified but possibly to cover up a grin. I'm sure it looked amusing but I told them I wasn't worried about someone laughing. I said "that shows a lack of empathy for others and will be noted on the report card." I'm sure they were clueless but it sounded menacing to them.
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but mine is a very large 5th grader! Seriously, she is bigger than me and is so defiant. We are taking PSSAs this week, and after telling them and reminding them (several times) that they HAD to do a planner and rough draft before writing anything in their answer booklets, I pick up her stuff and there's nothing on her scratch paper. When I asked where her planner was she told me, "I didn't have to do one." AGGGHHHH!!!!!!! This is the same kid who was found hiding under a table in my darkened room during recess time to avoid going to detention, and then told the teacher who found her she didn't want to go. Who do these kids think they are?! No wonder we drink!! I'm on my second rum and coke right now! :-) And, I too, would prefer to be drinking it in my flip flops. Central PA is not my favorite place to be right now!
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Just to follow up on my previous post my little one actually turned out to be one of my favorites. She has a lot of personality. It just needed to be redicted. The looks she got from the other children were precious too.
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I have his/her sisters and I live in a different state (I'm sure). I teach 5th grade and can't get over the smug remarks from students. My girls think that when they roll their eyes or swing their head that I can't see them do it. It is ridiculous.


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Smugs R' Us
Old 03-27-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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I have his Cousins and I'm dealing with his Parents tomorrow!

Bring it on!!! I've dealt with him all year long little Mr. Do No Wrong and when I catch him it's my fault and I refuse to do no work and I wasn't talking and so on and so on. Ugh!! Mom says she's pulling him out of school. If he was in another Second Grade class he would've been written up Ten times by now and right now the office isn't taking any more referrals right now. The office just gave us our delightful you are on your own e-mail (another vent for another time) for the year the other day.

So this child apparently says I'm not challenging him enough but when I have 23 different children with 23 different personalities and Mr. Smug has behavior issues and an attitude and loves to argue and has an attitude and says "I don't have to listen, and I'm spoiled" he said this in front of my TA and I, "and I get what I want" amongst other documented lovely sayings and after talking to mom, Mom says she's pulling him so I have his cum pulled, his Writing Portfolio ready to go and his Dibels scores ready. Plus, my Documentation ready to go. This child has been a niche all year and a thorn in my side. Obviously, after numerous contacts, suggestions and offerings to try and help it's still my FAULT. UGH!

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:53 PM
 
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I have a double dose of smug that almost became a triple. I blame their helicopter parents. One of my duo will actually threaten me with telling their parent if I don't do what they want. What they don't realize is that the parent is going to come in one way or another so bring it. If you do right you get praised, if you do wrong you face the consequences regardless of what your parent is going to do. I just with the parents realized how detrimental their attitude is to their children.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:57 PM
 
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I have your student's twin. In fact, I was going to email his mom today but I couldn't think of a polite way to describe the little brat's behaviors. I didn't think comparing him to that wedgie that never goes away, the fly that keeps buzzing around your head, or the mosquito bite you just have to itch that becomes a scab over and over again was appropriate so there it sits, on my to do list...

I'd take any kind of kid over those kids any day.
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