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I wanna go home

Sure... hate me then... see if I care.... *sniff, sniff*

So, my pre-calculus class didn't go as smoothly as it usually does. I think I started this problem, though. I want my students to do mental math in 5 minutes (30 seconds per question). Now, let's go back to the stupid broken overhead projector. You have to hold it a certain way for it to work clearly. Fine, so I'm up there, looking like I'm holding the antenna for an important football game. Then the students are complaining. Seriously, these are all questions they have done in previous assignments but they argued that they had calculators for their assignments. I honesty didn't think they were that difficult (and, as a reminder, I have been re-learning along with them and I am not a math god). I had metal stuck into the palm of my hand from holding this stupid thing, and the students are getting mad.

On to the notes of the day. Fine. Assigned the work. They are still frustrated at me, and said that they can't do any of it. They are fully capable, and I know they can do this work. If they wanted to take time off and do it later, that would be fine. But, I guess it's not fair for me to expect them to go from pissed off to rational in 0.3 seconds.

Combined with an aching hand, being tired, and the fact that there has been some math problems that I had rashly assigned in the past that I didn't know how to solve, I was ready to throw down my books and call it quits with my students.

But I can't do that. So, I just felt like crying instead.

Yes, I realise it's just a "bad day", but there are days when I take "bad days" personal.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 24th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
Turn that frown upside down!! . then smile while you beat the little shits!!
I don't know if you're allowed to, but why don't you tell the little shits to go fuck themselves?. . . In a polite, teacher-like manner of course. Tell them to quit being so lazy and annoying! Kids these days, really!! Back when I was in school if I couldn't do something I'd ignore it, or sleep. I didn't complain to the teacher all the time. *grumblez*
dreamfilled
Mar. 25th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Re: Turn that frown upside down!! . then smile while you beat the little shits!!
*laughs* Well, dearest Happygoth, not everyone took such a... er.... "relaxed" approach to school like you did.

*hugz* Thanks for making me smile.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 25th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Turn that frown upside down!! . then smile while you beat the little shits!!
Ha!. . well . I live to serve. . .and whatnot. the whatnot is the fun part really . .hahahaha! But really, is there no way for you to "crack down" on the brats? Maybe you should try "applied" mental math. Give them all drugged candies, and put them in James Bond type situations where they'll have to use mental math to figure their way out. . .OR BE HORRIBLY SCARRED BY THE GIANT MAGNIFYING GLASS!!!!.. mwahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahaaaa. .. *cough* . .. work is boring. . .
(Anonymous)
Mar. 26th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
Re: Turn that frown upside down!! . then smile while you beat the little shits!!
hey there teach, math is easy when you remember this simple rhyme.

x=y is straight line.
with scalers and vector you can move it all the time.
y=x^2 is a curve of sorts
if I'm in your class I'm playing in my shorts
y=x^3 is a funny looking thing
but enough about my shorts just listen to me sing
so with polynomials you can't go wrong
foil em out and sing this song
living in a pinapple under the sea
math is a friend of you and me.

hope that answers all your questions.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 7th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
Don't you think that you should update this? Are you still alive?

Opera Queen
dreamfilled
Apr. 8th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
*pfft*
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