April 21, 2010
It's only Wednesday, and it's turning out to be a very long week. You know I love teaching, but this week I have had too many occasions in a 48-hour period in which I've had to talk to students about how they speak to me. I know teenagers will be teenagers, and I remember having trouble biting my tongue on occasion, but I don't remember ever speaking to a teacher in the way that my students have been addressing me. It's rude, it's un-called-for, and it's actually very shocking. I'm having a difficult time getting myself to the point to call them in one-on-one to talk to them. Is it my place to explain to them that what they are doing is inappropriate? Am I stepping into the parents' domain? Will they listen to me when I am so young?
I have decided to talk to them. However, they are girls, and girls cry when they think that they have hurt you. It's been hard to be stern, to be honest, and to be clear all while being sensitive to their sensitivity. I don't know how parents do it. Well, for some of them, clearly their parents didn't do it.
Anyway, this is all to say that I could use a prayer or two! Vocations are not easy, are they?