When Open Salon started messing with how they were doing things I slowly quit writing and reading. It also coincided with a change in what I was doing for a living. I have been teaching for the last 5 years. The first four I was teaching special education in High School. Then this year I moved to teaching English in a middle school...8th graders. Some parts of it were fun, but I found I am too kind hearted and the kids did not appreciate it, instead they just took advantage of it.
I have found many of the kids I am teaching right now feel they are entitled to just about everything. They don't listen or read directions. Instead, they just do their own thing and look at me like they are confused even though I may have gone over assignments several times. Can you tell I am frustrated? I am thinking about going back to Special Education because at least those kids tried and they had a reason for poor performance I actually got more out of them, then I have the regular education kids in some ways.
I am also finding they do not have much of a vocabulary in middle school. I am constantly having to explain my every-day vocabulary to them.
I do not want to quit teaching...the kids need people that care more than ever, but please parents, make them put the digital games and phones away. Talk to your children. Heck, they are better off watching TV ...at least they will learn some vocabulary.