A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Can anyone say, "High Maintenance?" I thought you could.

So in this one class I have the following kids:

Commie kid
John Birch kid
Too-cool-for-school kid
District-employee's-kid-with-more-than-a-soupcon-of-underachievement, alias You-can't-make-me kid
2 kids who can handle school only 2 hours a day
Cheerleader kid
Read-a-holic kid (God bless him!)

And these are mixed in with a smattering of 2 kids with the sunniest of dispositions, a kid who only wants to talk about music, a kid who has lived in this country for three years but speaks better English than almost anyone else in the room, 2 foreign exchange students, a kid with an incredible knowledge of South Park, and a kid with a 504 a mile long who still tries really hard.

And they all get along, mostly.

It's like that painting entitled "The Peaceable Kingdom." Although I may lose my mind before rough winds finish shaking the darling buds of May.



At 5/8/08, 6:00 AM, Blogger Diana said...

That is hilarious!

I picture them singing "Happy Birthday" together. I love it when a class of kids with all-over-the-map personalities unites in song for someone's birthday.

(though the unison tends to break up when the octave comes along...)

At 5/8/08, 8:39 AM, OpenID qw88nb88 said...

And of course, ALL of those kids are the "average" students for whom the standardised tests were designed!




At 5/9/08, 4:45 PM, Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Lovely word, soupcon. You don't see it in print all that much, although I have kids in my classes to whom I could apply the word too--oh, yeah!

At 5/10/08, 7:21 PM, Blogger Lightly Seasoned said...

I started a blog, too... I wrote about exactly what happens when you administer a state test to such a group as I got to do this week (thrills! spills! pornography!). I usually post as rita, but now I'm in deep cover....


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