Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Why I Love Teaching - Part 4

I have a year 11 class that would try the patience of a saint. Since September I have coaxed, cajoled and encouraged them through the syllabus. I have run myself ragged in their lessons making sure they are all working and not slacking off when my back is turned. I have terminated conversations about how much Astra Zeneca will pay for some skin off your bum (yes, really, this is what teenagers talk about!) and I have confiscated some weird and wonderful items. I have a permanent club of three of them in detention every week to do their homework (they just do it in detention now, it's easier than at home). You get the gist.

Today one of them asked me,

"Mrs WM, if you could swap us for another class right now, would you?"

"No, actually, I wouldn't" I said

"Aw, that's so nice" they said.

"I've worked too hard for your GCSEs to stop now!"

13 comments:

The wife of bold said...

Hts off to you, you have the patience of a saint, i'd have swapped them in a flash! Don't know how you do it, so tell me more about the money for some butt skin....mine could do with a bit of a skim x

Felinedream said...

I know what you mean. Many teachers would run a mile if they saw my classes but I love them and we've worked hard together. It's kind of scary that their English exam is less than two months away though.

Fab, feisty and fifty... said...

my son is year 11 and so l do get the gist...poor you...

saz x

becomingkate said...

I went back to school recently (upgrading math) and my teacher makes a huge difference!

auntiegwen said...

I had a year 12 class of Btec students last year and I thought theu would kill me(had to do a btec as they didn't get their 5 a-c gcse's in year 11)

None of them wanted to do my subject but had to due to timetabling. Initially they hated it.

To a one, every single one who passed their maths and English resits and were allowed to come back for AS levels CHOSE my subject.

After I'd left !!!!!

Selina Kingston said...

My boy is year 11 - I shall be talking very sternly when he gets home tonight!!!

Kelloggsville said...

they will remember you forever - a teachers touches and changes so many lives - its a vocation : I would have killed the lot of 'em already - patience is a virtue my dear and you clearly have it!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I imagine you do need a lot of patience. But I think I'd rather teach older children than young.

CJ xx

Casdok said...

I wonder if that will be what C speacks of next!!

Working Mum said...

Wife of Bold - you wouldn't believe the conversation; they decided they wouldn't do clinical trials for Astra Zeneca as that might be a bit risky, but donated some skin off their bums, that's okay!!

Auntie Gwen - I remember your tales of that class; you must have inspired them!

Crystal Jigsaw - yes, I do like teenagers more than little ones. They seem so much more complex, yet can make you laugh when you least expect it.

Casdok - I'd wonder what they are talking to him about if he does!

MrsW said...

I think my daughter's English teacher feels the same - she's just pulled them through to Standard Grade in S3 - and they only decided to do this late last year so a year's work in 3-4 months. I dunno how she did it. Her "reward" is getting to keep them for the next 2 years and a leisurely stroll to Higher, rather than a 15 month sprint. So it will be worth it (I have money on her breeding, young whipper snapper).

I wouldn't do your job for 10 times the pay and twice the holidays - it's bad enough living with a teacher lol - especially when HMIE are in (Scottish OFSTED). Yeah s'been a lovely couple of weeks.

the mother of this lot said...

I want to know what the weird and wonderful items were....

Anonymous said...

hiya I wanted to say hello and thanks after you commented and also mentioned Craig on my blog - but things have gone a bit frantic in last week - I remember your blog going strong AGES ago so it's great to see you are still here, now I'm all embarrassed about saying how fab Craig is of course! I was always torn between teaching and journalism, I wonder now and again if I made the right decision! All the best. Linda x