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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Fever

Around this time of year, if you are a teacher, you notice students to start to get completely antsy. They can't stop running, yelling, moving, whatever. For some reason, the thought of warm air makes them so excited they can barely contain themselves.

Contributing to this here in Em&M land, is the end of the first round of state testing. It's like they think the game's over now and they don't have to play anymore. They don't quite understand that there is no "bonus round" in school.

As a teacher, Spring Fever time is torture. You can't get anything done. Your students promptly forget every important think you've drilled into their heads over the last 6 months. They look longingly out the window all day and they can't focus on anything.

This is also the time of year that my patience meter dwindles. All the nudgy behavior that I've been able to ignore (nose picking, interrupting, super long pointless story interjection, tapping pencils/markers/shoes, ripping erasers/small papers, etc, etc) crawls up my skin and makes me want to run for the Caribbean - umbrella drink included.

One student summed it up perfectly when I asked what on earth was keeping him from adding on that day.  He said, "You know, I think I'm just tired of school."

All I could think was, me too!

2 comments:

  1. I hated this time of year as a kid. I have great respect for teachers who have to deal with it every day!

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  2. I agree with your student. Spring + over testing + warm weather=one tired teacher at the end of the day. Summer is just around the corner though.

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