Alisha, over at the Bubbly Blonde, is hosting a Classroom Pet Peeves blog hop. I think we all have pet peeves – but some days, they just bug you more than other days. I love, love, love my job – I’ve been in the classroom 25 (yikes!) years, mostly in first grade, and it never gets old. But there are some things. . .
1. First of all, I have to agree with Alisha: The janitors drive me crazy. Before school begins, my room looks like an earthquake hit it. This is a true story: There have been years when I’ve walked in my room (donating my time, I might add, because I’m there a few weeks before school starts) and the furniture is STACKED three high. In the corner. Precariously. Now, truly, how am I supposed to get those down???? Seriously? My husband, bless his heart, comes in and moves stuff for me now: If I waited for the janitor, it would never get done. Don’t EVEN get me started talking about the janitors during the school year!
2. As much as I love first graders, they absolutely have no clue that they’re stepping on my feet. I actually will say to them, “You know, I like my feet. I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t step on them.” They’ll look down and get the most amazed look on their face – I don’t honestly think they realize they’ve just stepped on me! Of course, they also don’t realize that they’ve just stood up in their chair while I’m behind them and crashed into me, either, but that’s another story.
3. Finally, I agree with you all! Pencils are my biggest pet peeve – they’re either lost or broken – and I don’t know about other grades, but first graders will just sit there without a pencil and never say a word. When you ask them, “Dude, how come you’re not working?”, then – and only then- will they tell me that they’ve lost or broken their pencil. Oh my. . .