I have a whole new appreciation for school teachers. I just got a job in the Box Elder School district as the music teacher at one of the elementary schools. I'm loving it! But let me just say, it is exhausting! And I don't even have to work every day.
The amount of preparation time alone is consuming. I can't imaging doing it every day. I don't know how normal teachers do it. Not only do they have to babysit our kids, but we expect them teach our children to read, write, and understand math.
It is a huge responsibility on their part. I see first hand now what the teachers at my school do to keep the students interested, entertained, and continuously learning. They are fantastic at their jobs. And let me just be honest here, some kids make the job very difficult.
And it's too bad, because they ruin it for the others who do want to learn. Last week, for the first time, I had to really get after a class. The girls were being awful, acting like little snobs, and actually fighting between themselves. I couldn't believe how mean they were. And this was in a second grade class!
I sent those girls to their desks and told them to keep quiet, that I didn't want to hear one word from them. They sat there glaring and the rest of us had fun, playing a music game. I think of that teacher who is really trying to be great, and how hard it must be to want to go to work everyday and have to deal with hard kids.
I wonder if the parents know how terrible their children act at school. I have no patience for that kind of behavior and if I ever found out that my children behaved like that at school . . . oh man.
So, sit down with your kids and grand kids. Ask them how things are going at school. Try to find out if they are bullied, or if they are the bullies themselves. Talk to their teachers. Find out if there are other things you can do to help.
Volunteer! That is a real eye opener for many parents. I volunteer every week at my kid's school and it has given me huge insight into my own kid's lives that I just couldn't get anywhere else.
My advice is this. KNOW your kids. KNOW your grand kids, as much as you possibly can. You might be the one to make a huge difference in their lives. A difference they may desperately need.