Mean Teacher Mary
Trip Start Aug 13, 2010
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I never yell or even raise my voice. I rarely get angry. I don't like to boss people around or give orders. I've never really been a leader. Today, it all happened.
Class #129: 35 students, period 7 (4:05-4:50pm). A "special" class. Perhaps I should thank them for giving me the opportunity to unleash this unknown power within my small, passive being. I basically gave them the same lesson as I did the classes yesterday, but this class was extremely loud. I had to raise my voice to the point of yelling in order for them to hear me. Even when I got their attention, several kids would keep talking. Unlike yesterday, I actually told them "Please be quiet," and "Please stop talking." I think I was being a little bit too nice yesterday. During the time that I gave them to work on their name cards, they became extremely loud. During the introductions of the students, they also would not stop talking. I told them to listen several times. When there was five minutes left, I finally stopped, got their attention and wrote "LISTEN" on the board. I pointed to the word and asked them if they knew what it meant. They all said yes-- and some students kept talking. Directing my voice in the direction of those talking, I basically lectured them for 5 minutes in a very annoyed/angry/strict tone on the importance of listening. For the most part, I think I had their attention. I was really surprised at how I dealt with it on the spot-- I know many didn't understand me, but I'm sure they could tell by my firm, somewhat angry voice that I wasn't happy with them. I have this class tomorrow too, so it will be interesting to see how they behave.
Also, in this class, one of the kids had "fuck" as his favorite word-- and knew that it was a bad word and didn't say it in his introduction. I took the paper from him and told him to sit down and didn't say anything. However, I heard him say it later in the class period and I became very strict with him and said if he said that word again in class, I would report him to the head teacher. I told the rest of the kids that if I heard them say that word, they would be going to the head teacher as well. I was kind of surprised at the speed of my disciplinary scolding when I heard the word. I don't think I ever thought about how I would deal with a situation like that-- thus, my reaction really surprised me. It was amazing that in the moment, I reacted in such a way that I never would have planned.
In my second class, I also heard a kid say "fuck" and told him not to say it but I wasn't quite as angry when I heard it. I think he looked like he felt bad when I heard him say it. For the most part, the second class was a lot better than the first class. They were not as loud-- at times, yes, but overall, not. Interestingly, about 3 students said that I spoke too slowly. It was kind of surprising. And I'm not sure how much faster I need to speak. I know there are kids that still didn't understand my speed but maybe they are the ones that don't even care. I know that I spoke slower today than I did yesterday. I think I did a better job of explaining things today. I'm getting a little bit bored of this lesson though-- tomorrow, I have a "normal" class and "day two" of one of the advanced classes-- so those will be different. I'm a little bit nervous about the "normal" class- there will be more students, probably very difficult to control. I guess I know now though that when a class gets out of hand, something ignites inside me and will explode out very unexpectedly.
I had been wondering how I would deal with rowdy classes. I know now. Nice Mary steps aside and Mean Mary just pummels through, taking necessary charge.
Mean Mary, I'm delighted to meet you.