Thursday, 19 February 2009

Empty Classroom


Empty Classroom
Originally uploaded by Max Klingensmith
I am sitting here with my empty classroom and feeling a bit lonely.

The kids of today, eh? It turns out that they don't actually have to be present for classes. At all. As long as they turn in their assignments and pass their exams, they still, er, pass.

So today the task for them was to make a TV news report. First they complained a little because they've done that "tons of times" already.

I pointed out that this is a little like saying you've already written an essay this year. Each story is something new, each time you're meant to apply what you've learned meanwhile.

Since they went out to do their thang, hauling their tripods and expensive cameras I hope not into the rain I can hear hitting the skylight, I've been in here on my own.

One group chose to go home instead of doing the work, saying they will do it Tuesday morning instead. I feel a bit nervous. I can't hold them here, but I am not looking forward to having to give them a big telling off next week if they haven't done any filming.

And the vain part of me feels rejected (she says dramatically, as the rain on the skylight crescendoes to match) when they leave instead of doing the work I've assigned for them.

I don't think I have the guts to be a teacher.

I guess being a student myself I remember too well what it's like to be 17 and sick of everything to do with school, and to not have the experience to understand that these may well be the best days of your life, when food grows in the fridge and you get a half price bus card and can go almost anywhere.

My ego is too fragile.

Oh, here is the one group which has dutifully and, dare I say it, enthusiastically, carried out most of the task they were meant to. The weather means that they can't really take their camera equipment outside, but at least they did what they could in-house.

Should I take this lack of enthusiasm from the rest of the class as a personal slight, or is that just the youth of today?? All I want is for the class to adore me and enjoy every second they get to spend in my company... But I see how that can be a bit much to ask.

4 comments:

  1. My original career choice was high school history teacher. I did one semester of student teaching, and that was all it took to convince me that I did not belong in the classroom. I was good, but I too have a fragile ego and I hated it when I could tell they hated me.

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  2. Hi Ducking,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm glad you commented, and I'm sorry if you took me a bit too seriously. I know I was generalizing about EVERYONE hating their job. I just think that a lot of people (American's that I know, anyway) wish they were either doing something else for a living or did't have to do anything at all. I think it's a pretty true statement that not eveyone get's to do what they love. I myself would choose to spend more time raising my children and being with my family rather than sitting at my desk 8 hours a day, but alas that's my place at the moment. I am so envious that you can "do what you want"!!! Good for you! :)
    Well, your blog looks interesting, I'll be around to check it out, if you dont mind. And forgive me if this is not the correct place to respond to your comment. I have VERY LITTLE experice blogging...any advice you can offer would be a blessing. Best regards!

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  3. I can only hope you come back to check on my blog again.. As you didn't leave your URL I can't find you again! I daren't say what showed up when I googled "bunny" and "blog".. ;o)

    Recent blog post: I have a home!!!

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