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Re: raised hands, keeping them on their toes (too funny)

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Feb 23 2003 - 06:17:55 PST


I have a group of second graders who make me work waaaaayyyy to hard!
Talk about blurters!!!!!! I can't understand how I could ever get that
group to be able to discuss without raising their hands. Maybe if I had
them make masks with "clap traps" (like a chastity belt for the mouth.)
If they got to wear their masks during discussion, they would probably
think that was tons of fun. If I had all the keys to their mouhpieces,
I could take turns unlocking their doors one at a time! Brilliant, eh?
Just kidding....

BUT, this group of boys...oh me, oh my. All of the teachers who teach
this chemically mixed pack 'o boys say the same thing. It's party
central in second grade. Hopefully by next year they'll develop more
self control. The girls are pretty much fine, but most of the boys in 2
out of the 3 classes are a true test of my disciplinarian psychology. I
have those who wander from the group repeatedly, TRULY in their own
world. I tell them to grab onto the table and not to let go! , lol. I
have a big chunky pre-quarterback kid who is the loudest kid I've ever
had. He takes time outs, etc. but his voice level is just constantly
LOUD. Then every boyd else starts to be loud. On days he is absent,
oh, man....a totally different class. Well, summer is coming, right?
And this is my mural group. At least I am loving what they are making,
but they exhaust me! I have to admit, I really love third graders.
Skills are there, they have more patience, and they are usually more
easily calmed down than the younger kids. I think Kindergarten
teachers are angels sent from God.

Linda

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