Another snippet for today:
My sixth graders are... a handful... if you will, but I've managed to make one lesson stick. Yesterday, I caught a boy giving another the middle finger. I called him on it in class, and then talked to him afterward. I gave him a long lecture about how that is very rude, and you should never show it to another. I told him that if I saw it from him again, I would involve more teachers. Then, realizing I'd been talking for a while and he had just been nodding, I asked him if he understood.
"Okay. What did I say to you?"
"Teacher say I should not make hand gesture. Teacher say I am very rude."
Darn straight, little boy... darn straight. Is it bad that I am actually starting to look forward to taking things away from the kids? hahah... I'm horrible.
PS. Click on the title of this post for a list of all of Bart Simpson's similar encounters.