I am exhausted. Monster class was ultra crazy today. They started out okay and then it just deteriorated after about 15 minutes. Finally I just yelled to get them to be quiet and made them write "English class is not recess" ten times, and they have to take it home to have their parents sign it. There were some kids who behaved well so I put a sticker on their lines to show their parents that they weren't the problem. They seemed to be really into the idea of the sticker chart and getting a prize at the end of the trimester but apparently it just wasn't enough to hold them for 45 minutes! I think I just have to change my approach with them entirely. Quick quick learning of very very short phrases or just a few words, then play like 18 different games that involve lots of getting up and running around. I think that's the only way I can keep some sort of order in that class! Although apparently they were ultra crazy for the remplacant too, she had like five different kids under punishment today. I just hate punishing the kids so I think changing teaching tactics is the best idea.
The new remplacant is tough! She left the room during the English lesson (she needed a break after being with these kids all day long!) and came back at the end while they were writing lines. When I told her what they were doing she started screaming at them and made one little guy cry. Also today one of the CM2 maitresses (there are two women who alternate days, kind of odd) was handing back conjugation homework while I was arranging my stuff at the back of the room after English class was finished and she started ripping into the kids who had done it wrong. I was really surprised by her behavior because she's really sweet and the kids seem to like her a lot, they always want her to participate in English class. I will never get used to the way teachers treat the students in this country. How are the kids supposed to build any kind of self confidence or self esteem if they are constantly being told how dumb they are and what a bad job they did? I guess that's one of the major educational philosophy differences between America and France. In France they are driving them through a machine to turn them into model citizens and filter through the dummies to create an elite ruling class, while in America we're a lot more touchy feely and think about developing the child's personality and character. Now the comment that my conseillere pedagogique gave me after my observation makes a lot more sense. She said "you're very nice and encouraging to the children and I think that's a very good thing, it makes them want to participate in class." Evidently that isn't so common. If I was getting yelled at all day long I'd just sit there with my mouth shut too.
By the way, the observation went really well, she said I did a good job and gave me some really helpful comments. When I remember to bring my notes on her observation down to the computer room I'll post them, maybe they'll be helpful to other assistants.
Wemm, my romance with Random Boy from Bar is over. Yes, I sent him a texto claiming that I started dating one of my friends last weekend. So he texts me back, and this is word for word, with the same spelling he used: "bone chouns a toi vraiment c dur...." In English, this is something like "gode look to you, really is hard." First of all, I think we're being a little dramatic here. Second of all, learn to spell!!!! Good grief, didn't loose out on anything there.