Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Most Awful Conversation of the Week

I've been working with a kindergarten group that is just completely out of control. They cannot sit still and they're always yelling and just not paying attention at all. Fortunately this was the last week I had to work with them because they started way before the other groups, but based on how they're still acting, I'm thinking that the program just did not do anything for them. I guess you win some and you lose some. Yesterday was probably the worst session I've had with them. They kept yelling at each other so I tried to review the lesson we'd just done about "dealing with distractions", but they'd listen for about 2 seconds and go back to distracting one another. Anyway, back to THE of the girls was upset because her friends were being mean to her at recess.

And here's what happens when you get some 6 year olds that have not been taught how to behave properly (please excuse the awful language, but the story is not as entertaining unless I keep it real):

Me: do you think that your friends will apologize to you later?
Girl: no, they'll probably call me a bitch.
Me: well that's a very bad word and if they say that to you then you need to tell an adult immediately.
Boy: bull shit is another bad word.
Me: yes it is. let's stop using that kind of language right now.

The bad words stopped, but their bad behavior did not. I took them back to their class early because I was obviously not getting through to them.

It was a rough day, but my faith was restored this morning after meeting with my favorite group at another school. They're also in kindergarten, but they have parents that have taken the time to raise them into some of the sweetest kids.


Brittany Ann said...

Oooh boy! Scary when KG sound like my high-schoolers!

Margie said...

I'm sorry your day didn't go well with those earlier children. Keep your chin up and your focus on the results. Rome wasn't built in a day, and as is the example with a few of these little ones, it hasn't been constructed yet. You can be their cornerstone.