Monday, February 12, 2007
Riats's Got It

I woke up on Saturday and noticed something...silence. My life was quiet. I literally couldn't hear one sound and I couldn't remember the last time I was truly alone. Normally, I'm surrounded by kids running around, calling-out, making punching noises or airplane noises or gun noises, or little girls singing the ever popular songs of "High School Musical". But not this weekend. This is largely due to the fact that Rosie and I just moved into a nice apartment. I didn't realize how much I love the space, but it't truly refreshing to go into my own room, with my own stuff, and do whatever I want. I've found myself surprisingly organized.

Today I once again was managing an issue that has been perplexing me this year of teaching. The boys in my class. Now, let me make a few things clear. I completely enjoy the boys in my class. They are funny, creative, they tell funny stories, they have strong friendships. We play games together like "Brain-Suckers" which consists of them jumping up, knocking my head, pulling my hair, and acting out (with appropriate noises) the eating of my brain. One time they thought it would be funny to tackle me on the playground. I mean, I was literally face-planted on the ground, sand in my mouth, and six 8-year-olds on my back. I couldn't get up and it was so embarrassing to see the lack of control I had over my kids.
But with all that good, comes much difficulty in the classroom. School was not made for boys, mostly because women run most schools. And I honestly try to play fun games and move around, but how many times to I have to say, "Stop hitting each other!" or "Please don't make punching sounds," or "I don't think acting like your brains are being blown out is appropriate for the classroom or following our social contract." Seems pretty obvious to me those things aren't what you are to do, but then again, I did grow up with only a sister.

Boys are so fun! I love them and hope I have a million of them one day. But seriously...let's stop with the noises.