- Posted October 8, 2012 by
Seoul, South Korea, South Korea
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Teachers: Why do you teach?
Teachers: Why Do You Teach
Well, today has been the typical Monday which means it has been quite exhausting. Unfortunately, that makes for a very irritable Ms. J...
It seemed to be a lot of knit-picking going on. As I have said in previous blogs, I've been told that I am the best dressed amongst faculty and stuff. Well, two weeks in a row, my hair and wardrobe has been the talk of the school. Last week, I rocked a Mohawk. When I told people that I was going to do it, they were concerned that it was going to look crazy. Of course, I pulled it off with much conversation to go along with it. This week, I am pulling off the classy bun. That again didn't happen without the annoying "Ooh's and Ah's". But today, there was additional annoying component because now the nagging question has been, "Ooh why do you always have makeup on that match? Why do your accessories have to be so perfect?" Of course, I want to scream, "Get Yo Life! And in that order!" So annoying...
Then, I had to assign an entire class of mine study hall. It was not because they didn't do their book report. But it was because they wrote their book report rather than typing it and uploading it. The standard is that you do not hand me anything handwritten but it must be typed. Well, they tried to go around me by asking another teacher to look at my assignment and side with them because the assignment doesn't specifically say that it must be typed. When the teacher came to me about it, which in my opinion was out of order, I told her that the standard academically is that assignments are never handwritten. She swears that she wasn't aware of this standard. My response? You are a debate teacher honey. Therefore, you don't even assign written assignments so you wouldn't know that. Furthermore, if they automatically know that essays must be typed in their writing classes (which I teach) and literature classes (which I also teach), why wouldn't they need to type this assignment? Exactly...like GET YO LIFE!!!
Then, the home room teacher for my lowest level critical reading class approached me because those students were assigned study hall for not completing their book report. When he asked if it was necessary that the students do the standard 5 paragraph academic essay since its a book report, I just have him a blank stare look. I then proceeded to explain that this was not an opinion essay but rather, an academic essay because it is a BOOK REPORT. Again, GET YO LIFE!!!
Lastly, the students actually complained today because I have already uploaded their homework for the rest of the year.
They actually said its not fair because they can no longer use the excuse that the homework wasn't uploaded. It's shocking because they are actually tripping about it. I find it quite funny that I remember all of the little excuses my generation used in school and consequently do things ahead of time to counter them; same old tricks but a different generation.
When I considered all of the things that took place today, as annoying as it was, I realized that all of the ridiculous comments that I heard today stem from the fact that I truly operate out of excellence. When I show up to school, I show up representing not only myself, but I represent God! Why would I show up looking broke, busted, and disgusted? I was created in the likeness and image of God! I dare not misrepresent Him. When I am doing my work, I do so with excellence. Therefore, I expect my students to present their work to me in the same vein. But, I realize that not everyone is used to being pushed to produce beyond their personal level of expectation. Be that as it may, they may have never had a teacher that required such. To that, I say, my students have met their first. But 25 years from now, they will appreciate it. For that, I'm happy and satisfied that I am doing just what I am purposed to do in their lives.
Until next time,