As many of you know I teach Kindergarten. I coordinate book orders for the entire school, answer the phone and direct office traffic when people are out, do lunch duty, etc. Oh yes, and I teach Sign Language. To every kid in the school.
Now, I don't typically mind this. I love Sign Language, and it is fun to see the kiddos enjoy it as well. However, it is a great deal of work to do an entire set of lesson plans and activities with no curriculum or materials whatsoever. I have to do A LOT of research and A LOT of work.
And yet, people still complain. Their kid says they would rather do something else and don't learn anything.
A- Ask me what they are learning! I know this may come as a shock, but kids sometimes exaggerate. I know, surprising isn't it?
B- Your kid is a giant pouter. He refuses to participate and craps around.
C- I teach ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I apologize for not putting up a bulletin board every time I teach them something new.
D- I would rather take a nap than work. Does that mean I shouldn't have to work?
E- I VOLUNTEER to teach this class. I could be using the hour to plan, but I decided to contribute instead. I don't get paid anymore than the teacher who gets a break while I work.
Oh, I am BEYOND irritated. Now, I must type up a list of everything they have learned. Ugh.