I got so furious today with my seventh graders. My second class is the worst of them all. They’re all rowdy and talkative and don’t seem to care to learn one bit.
They talk and talk and talk all through class, and I’ve long given up on yelling at them especially after the first few times because it strains my voice too much. Instead, I wait with a glare until they notice and shut up themselves. Today, after the fifth time of doing it in a ten-minute span, I was getting more and more frustrated.. then the kid in the front (remember the kid that no one likes, but he really brings it up on himself) pipes up and goes, “Teacher, hurry, we pay $500(NT = $15.75USD) for this.”
Oh. my. god. That’s it. I blew up.
He was accusing me of wasting his time?!?!?! I CANNOT teach when 20+ students are talking to each other and not paying attention to me! After repeatedly asking them to be quiet and pay attention, after having to listen to them toss me snide comments in Chinese in response, and after having to ask them simple questions that I’ve gone over and over and over again with no comprehensible answers, he was accusing me of not doing MY JOB? I asked them if they went home and told their parents that they are paying $500 for them to come to my class and talk the whole way through. I am there to teach, but are they there to learn? Whose fault is this really??? It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
Alas, but that lasted five minutes, and things were back to chaos again. SIGH.
(My first thought really was $500 per class, that’s it? No way, I know your parents are paying a lot more than that. But I didn’t tell them that.)
These kids are going to give me a heart attack at the young age of 24.