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Daily Archives: May 1st, 2008

For those of you who don’t know, this coming Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day.  My local teacher association buys gifts every year for our members on this day.

Due to today being the end of state testing I thought it would be nice to pass out the gifts early this year as a thanks to everyone for their efforts this past three weeks.

This year’s gift is an insulated coffe mug.  You know, silver with a black lid and handle, with our association logo on the side.  I thought it was a nice gift.  As my dad has been known to say, “Better than a kick in the ass, at least.”

I wound my way through the hallways (and keeping my eye our for wondering students) to pass out the gifts.  Most of my colleagues were pleased with the surprise of an unexpected gift, but many just really frosted my ass…

“What the hell am I gonna do with this?  I don’t drink coffee.” 

“Well, that was a waste of money, I’ll never use this.”

“Why are you interuppting my class to give me a useless coffee mug.”

“Do you know how many coffee mugs I already have, what makes you think I need another one?”

It took everything I had in me to not tell them to kiss my ass.  What happened to good manners?  I was taught to say thank you when someone gave me a gift, and even if it was a piece of crap, to be nice about it.  And these people are teaching!!!!!!  I’m glad my kids are already out of school.  And its a shame that I, as a teacher, feel that way. 

After I calm down I may write an email to each of the ungrateful bastards.  I don’t know if it would do any good though.

We’ve been giving those good ol’ state mandated tests for the last three weeks (yes, he really did say three weeks). The kids who are testing report to the room they are testing in and the other students go to their designated period at 7:50. The kids who aren’t testing then remain in that room until 11:30.

So, first period is held one day for 3 1/2 hours, second period another day, etc.

Well, as you might imagine the first few days there were kids in the hall like you wouldn’t believe. Our principal has been imploring everyone to help by keeping kids in class, don’t let them go to other rooms, don’t let them go to the gym, etc. As the course of the testing has went on the problem has been getting better and better.

Today was the last day of testing. In our inbox this morning was this message from the principal:

I appreciate everyone’s hard work these last few weeks controlling the kids. Thanks to your diligence we no longer have wondering students in our school.

I guess I’m going to have to go wander around and see if I can find some kids to teach.