Yeah, working in a high school is tough. Think back to walking the halls of your youth, surrounded by other youths who have almost zero control of their mood swings.
Now fast forward. You are stuck in a room with them. You are placing demands to practice a skill that they really dislike (reading?! BLAH!). Suddenly, you are the target of their latest mood swing. Their girlfriend just broke up with them, but you were the last one asking them to do something that they. really. don't. want. to. do. BAM. Did the B word just fly by, or are my ears buzzing and hearing the music from the unauthorized headphones hooked to the NO PHONES ALLOWED device in a jean pocket across the room?
Nope. Today, the kids have listened to the trillionth time you reminded them of the 'electronics stay away in class' rule. WIN.
But wait, then I was really just called the B word... twice? Crap. Lose. Lose. Lose!
You remind yourself that sometimes there are things going on outside our control, outside of your classroom.
You remind the student that he still has to do his work and that you only nag him because you care.
I like to look at myself these days in the mirror and say, "You've got some thick skin."
My reflection stares back at me and says, "Thicker than it used to be, you're practically leather!"
It still stings. The wounds to the egos (his and mine) will eventually heal, and a month from now, when he is over his girlfriend, he comes and tells you that you are his favorite teacher and he is glad you were there for him.
I still have to look at that quote above at least once a day though. My skin is still growing.
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