Reclaiming my freedom

I did it. I turned in my resignation letter. I gave them until the end of the month to find someone else to torture. I left the letter in the Principal's office before 8 am. I wished I could have done it face to face, but tracking down the principal is very hard, especially the week of homecoming. Anyway, at 8:45 I had to write up a student. Which means I basically kicked her out of my classroom and sent her to the scariest woman in the school: the assistant principal for discipline. Most kids shiver when they hear her name. This girl basically said "let's go!".

She mouthed off in class to me, because I helped another student before her. Can you believe it? I asked her "What's with the attitude? Wait your turn." And she said " You ignored me, you're being rude, I shouldn't have to wait!" Loudly. Now, remember, there is one of me and 30 of them and I don't like it, I really don't need attitude from a student about it. I sent her to the hallway to wait for me and calm down, and when I finished with my student and went outside, she would not face me. I mean, she turned her back to me while I spoke to her. So I said fine, you don't want to talk to me, you can talk to Dr. Hartlein. Well, I later learned that this was her second offense of the semester so she gets sentenced to In School Suspension for 5 days. The good news is I don't have to deal with her in my classroom until next week. The bad news is that she will probably fail the next test and I will have to tutor her and allow her to retake the test. Yes, HAVE TO. Even though she is kicked out of my class for being difficult, I have to be punished too by having to give the extra attention and allowing her to retake the test. Don't you love it?

Anyway, I am home now, and that means I have 15 working days left so there is light at the end of the tunnel. I felt bad turning in my resignation, but then when faced with the attitude that early in the morning I realized it is better that I go before I cuss a student out.

By the way, I found out that in some cases students are given a choice between suspension and the paddle. Yes, folks, a paddle. So rather that take a five day suspension a student can say "Just paddle me five times." Yup. We are in the country now...


  1. please tell me your confused. the paddle? really? i was told by someone i know that they used to get paddled. the fact that it was during the late 80's had me completely shocked. i can't even begin to tell you what i feel thinking that this is true even today. wtf? we is in bad shape mistress davis. yesiree.

  2. OMG! And Gian think he has it bad... Though I think he might like the paddle idea after all. Hope you get through the rest of the month.

  3. serious? paddle? good thing they don't let teachers use them in the class. bet if they did, that girl wouldn't of given you lip! made a good call leaving.


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