Respect

I am getting tired of teaching.

Today the classes were split as half were going to the computer lab to have Skype conversations with oversea English teachers while I taught the remaining students.

So this meant the homeroom teacher was going between both halves. Makes sense. Of course, I am not their "real" teacher, so some students take this as an opportunity to be a bit, well, sillier. Yeah, let's say sillier.

So, whatever. This is common. I hear it from music teachers and other teachers who are not the home room teachers. Some students just lack respect for all teachers, it happens.

I nearly blew my lid today.

This one kid just would not shut the fuck up. I don't care if you don't like my class. Sleep. I won't bother you. You're not bothering me. But standing up every other second, making a comment on everything said, mockingly repeating the English words we were studying in an obnoxious voice. Just constant. There was a... I think she was a student teacher, who was taking part of the class. She kept reminding him to behave. He didn't. Just constantly talking. Then some other kids talked. I said hey, this is class, please stop bothering the other students and just be quiet.

Then this kind repeats what I said. I walk over to him. I ask him if he has any idea that he has been causing the most trouble the whole period. Head down. Silent. I've seen this before. Nothing to say when actually confronted. After class I went up to him and said "Okay, we're going to go talk to your homeroom teacher about how you acted today." Head down. Silence. Another student informs me that the home room teacher is actually absent today. Okay. I head downstairs and inform one of the higher ups about this kid's beahviour.

Will things change? They never do. I can try to ignore "problem" students, but that just prompts them to get more aggressive in more cases. Will "shaming" the student by having the teachers give them a good talking to fix things? I doubt it. The student may feel bad for a while, but that's about it.

How little things change.