Friday, February 11, 2011

A Broken Record




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One of the things about being a teacher is I learn a lot about patience. Like I need to be patient when I have to say the same thing over and over. Take today for example. My students were taking a quiz so I told them, "When you are finished with your quiz, leave it on your desk and walk your warm ups up to the front table and put them in this basket." I hold up basket. Students take quiz. Students begin to finish. Students begin to bring quiz up to the basket. So I repeat out loud to the class, "Again, leave your quiz on your desk but bring up your warm ups." More students finish the quiz and come and ask me where they are supposed to put it. I repeat, "Keep your quiz on your desk and bring up your warm ups." I can't even count how many times I had to say that today. But despite the number of times I had to remind my students, I didn't get angry or impatient with them. I think it is kinda funny actually and the really acute students pick up on the fact that I sound like a broken record. They ask, "How can he be a teacher? I would go crazy saying the same thing over and over again." I just smile and tell them that I am just very patient and that I don't mind...it comes with the job. My dad always told me patience is a virtue.

{Check out my Sister Amber's #11}

4 comments:

  1. love that last look-over-the-shoulder shot!

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  2. ahahaha! I totally understand where you are coming from! I now incorporate the "broken record" method as a part of my daily routine when giving out instructions...I even change my inflection on different words with each repetition in order to make it a little entertaining!
    I didn't realize that you teach high school English...I teach the same subject to sixth graders. There is never a dull moment!

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  3. It's a good thing you are learning that virtue now--when you have kids of your own , it's the same thing .

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  4. I was going to say the same thing as Amber: you'll feel like a broken record when you've got your own kids. This is an example of what I have to say over and over and over again to my kids: "pick up your stuff in the entryway" or "clear your place" or "have you brushed your teeth yet?"

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