The Life of Bon: It's the Cranky Time of Year

Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's the Cranky Time of Year

Dear Blog,

I am so tired.  You know those seventeen year olds.  They wear me to the ground.  They are coming in night and day, all during class and all throughout my prep period wanting to know if they can still hand this paper in/ retake that one test/ check my grade.  Oh and do you think you could bump up my grade?  I'm only .37 away from the next highest grade you know!

And of course, then there's the parents who are emailing up the ying yang, "My son handed his paper in!" (No he didn't.) "My daughter wasn't late to class!" (Yes she was.) and "My kid deserves an A!" (If coming late every day to class and never handing in work qualifies as an A, then yes. Yes, he does deserve an A.)  It's about the time of year when I start to crack.  Lash out at students.  Send nasty emails to fellow teachers telling them to stop letting their students out of classes so they can come bother me.  Lock myself in my room and ignore the students who are knocking on the door.  (I mean, hey!  It's MY prep period, not their prep period, isn't it?!?)

Sigh.  It's just the cranky time of year.  Also exciting because school's almost out and summer is breathing down my neck but cranky because, wow those teenagers are relentless.

In other news, I wrote this really sweet goodbye letter to my students and got good and choked up while reading it to them today.  I'm going to miss those tike in spite of the fact that they are totally going to drive me to drink.  More on that when I have more energy/less frustration/ more time to put into blogging.  I'm sorry, blog, if you feel like I have semi neglected you this month.  It has been one of the craziest months of my life and it has been all I could do to sit down and write a couple of sentences.  Thanks for sticking with me.

This is my wall of writing resolutions.  After I turn back papers and give the students notes about what I noticed were problem areas with their writing, I make them tell me what they will fix next time.  Then I slap those resolutions on the wall.  You gotta love Jesus' sticky resolution- keeping it basic for that guy.

In other news, I've got the fab Gia here to show you her illustrations and other pure awesomeness.  This isn't Gia's first time around the block, or first time on Life of Bon, for that matter.  The girl knows what's she doing and one of these days I am going to make her draw a picture of me teaching my class and hang it on my wall and think of Gia everytime I see it.  Or something equally strange.


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  1. To speak my truth, it's cranky time for all of us. ESPECIALLY since it's a Thursday. That three day weekend was a mighty fine temptress...

  2. This is EXACTLY where I was last week (and the beginning part of this one). I got lucky in the fact that today was my last day, but press on! You'll get through this!

    And when the last day of school comes (as it eventually will), you'll find that those little buggers are all of a sudden endearing again.

    Blame the teacher hormones.

    Seriously though, you can do it!

  3. Bonnie! And here I thought it was only my ninth graders who have the troubles that your little delights profess to have! Hallelujah! I truly thought I was alone! JK. Anywhooo...I've been out of school for a full week now (we start on August 13th-ish so we deserve to be out now, right?)...twiddling my thumbs and wondering what to do with all my time (not really). I'll just keep on reading your blog to keep myself busy! LOL

  4. During a final today a student asked if this would raise his grade to a B (he is sittin at a strong D right now!). Sure, you go ahead and aim for that B buddy, might I suggest you complete ALL parts of the final though?! Nope, he decided not to do the short answer because i was tryin to do too much! On the plus side, tonight was graduation and my AVID babies brought me to tears as i hugged each one after they walked the stage. That makes all the cranky moments so worth it!

  5. It really bothers me that all my i's are not capatilized- please pretend that they are!

  6. You can do it! Also, I love the sticky-note resolution idea!

  7. OMG I've been cranky with my teenagers too. We're getting ready for our big summer trip (we leave in 4 weeks... eek!) and making room assignments has been more drama and a bigger headache than I had hoped. WHY CAN'T THEY ALL JUST GET ALONG I DON'T UNDERSTAND?????

    Glad I got that off my chest. lol

    But I do love them... I guess. ;)

  8. I HATE how parents hound on the teachers for their children's mistakes. The kids need to man up and take responsibility for their actions, right?

  9. We all have cranky times me included can you believe that........

  10. Oh I feel your pain!!! I just blogged about my week of craziness in grading papers and doing report cards. Next Friday cannot come soon enough. It will be here before we know it!!! If you want to know the life of first grade teacher check it out here

    Enjoy your weekend and only 5 more wake-ups!!!