What is your classroom pet peeve

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  1. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    I have been meaning to post a thread related to classroom pet peeves, but I am always finding myself being sidetracked with homework and work related stuff.


    My first pet peeve is clutter! No matter how much I clean up the classroom it always becomes cluttered. Being that I teach Prek, I am always collecting things such as toliet or towel paper rolls, small jars, bottle tops, and other recyclable things for art and crafts. I tried to bag everything into ziploc bags, but then my desk or my storage cabinet becomes cluttered with many other things that I placed into ziploc bags. I have tons of small toys that I confiscated from the children and forgot to give back in my desk drawer, misplaced sharpies, and pens in almost every part of the storage cabinet. Every day I bring at lease three bags to work. My desk space is somewhat small and bags are very big. They create more clutter and my bags makes my area look very unappealing.
    No matter how hard I try to clean my work space becomes cluttered with more stuff. Hand sanitizes and hand soap stays on the desk because each time I put it away another child need it for the bathroom or when they feel dirty.

    My 2nd pet peeve is tattling! The children tell on each other for the smallest things. My rule is if you or your friends are not dying please do not tell! Lol!

    and my 3rd pet peeve is when the kids pick up items off the floor to throw in the trash. It has gotten so bad that they will stop what they are doing to pick up the smallest piece of trash. They have better eyes than me because I never see anything on the floor until they interrupt and bring it to my attention.I clean my room properly for the next day. I am not sure how they find these things. I brought a book that talks about germs and why it is not okay to pick up everything on the floor. Ever since I read that book, I rarely ever see them do this anymore.

    Although these pet peeves aggravates me, I must say that I have a great group of young learners. While reflecting, I came to the realization that they aren't really awarded enough for the kind things that they do in class. I decided to make a kindness jar. Whenever I see a kind act in the classroom. I will place a ball into the jar. Once the jar is full, we will have a kindness party.
     
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    I wish this was a problem in my room! I get frustrated when they don't take the responsibility to pick up their trash, food, papers, etc. that end up on the floor without it being pointed out to them.
     
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    My biggest pet peeve is moving my desks! I have lines of tape on the floor to mark the rows where the desks are supposed to be. On some of the rows the tape is completely gone after two months because kids keep moving the desks. It's not so egregious that I notice during class, but I always seem to notice during my prep and at the end of the day.
     
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    Same! My class is great at cleaning up when I prompt them to, but it's gotten bad enough the past couple weeks that I've threatened to ask the custodian to stop cleaning up after them if they can't take care of our classroom by at least picking up big pieces of trash and pencils and whatnot. XD

    My class pet peeve is tattling for sure. My kids this year have pretty much learned that I don't want to hear about other people's problems from them unless the other student literally cannot tell me what's wrong. They also get annoyed when I ask, "Did you try to solve it yourself?" and they have to say no. Lately they've done a good job of asking people to stop doing something BEFORE they come tell me; at that point I'm perfectly happy to intervene if necessary.

    Also this one may be just because I have a student who does it nonstop, but MOUTH NOISES. I have a student who makes plane/machine gun/general noises with his mouth aaaaallllll the time. It drives me nuts (which is probably why he does it, so clearly I've failed at not reacting to it) because it's just so dang incessant and distracting.
     
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    It drives me nuts when I explain an assignment with detailed directions, examples, visuals, etc. and as soon as the other kids start working at least one kid says, "What are we supposed to do?" because he wasn't paying attention.

    I will also second the pp on "mouth noises." I always have to say, "Voices are off, and that includes making noises." Some kids can't seem to keep their mouths shut to save their lives!
     
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    1.When kids come up and said "I don't get this." I always tell them they have to tell me what they don't get.

    2. When I have to say the same thing 50 times.

    3. The supporting staff, not doing a whole lot of supporting.

    4. And finally kids being mean to each other in the classroom. That's one thing that will get me every time.
     
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    YES. Except I realized this week that I have to be VERY careful how I respond to this question, because even though it's incredibly frustrating, I heard some of my students mimicking my responses and it made me realize how embarrassing it can be for the student asking. Yes, it's annoying that they didn't pay attention, but there's got to be a way to respond that doesn't shame them for it afterward.
     
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    I really do not have a problem with children making weird noises all the time, but I do have problem with one little boy that just talks all day. Even during quiet time his mouth is constantly open, and the kids aren't even paying attention because they are quiet.
     
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    My pet peeve is subs not following the idiot proof directions I leave. Thankfully, I'm not out often and there are a few good subs around so it's not a constant.
     
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    This gets me too, but the part that really gets on my nerves is when they ask where to turn in a paper! I have the turn-in places (regular turn-in baskets and late work) clearly labelled; plus, they have been using the same places ALL year! The only things that differ are tests and quizzes. I tell them, show them, and usually even write on the board for them exactly were to place their paper and my copy of the test/quiz, and no doubt one kid usually asks, "Where do I turn this in at?" Better yet, I sometimes have kids come up and try to hand me their paper without talking, and I just point to the basket or the board with the directions. It amazes me sometimes! I think they just get in a rush or something! :)
     
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    • When students try to shoot a three-point basket into my trashcan. My common response is, "This is English, not PE." I wish I didn't have to remind them of this so often.
    • Kiddos who leave a TON of trash around. This is the inverse of the first one, I know, but that one involves more showboating and less actual care for the classroom. I hate finding food wrappers in the desks, especially when I am not sure how long it's been there.
    • Inane, constant giggling in the style of Beavis and Butthead. This is one particular student. Unfortunately, he's figured out how annoying he is and is reveling in it.
     
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    Messing with my window blinds! My first classroom had ancient, broken, horrible blinds that always got stuck up or down. My current classroom has (relatively) nice, new blinds that actually work! I usually keep them closed to keep the room cooler and also to minimize distractions (my room opens out to an open quad area), and I hate when kids try to pull them open to look outside -- I don't want them to get broken!
     
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    I also forgot to add that I also dislike when chairs are not pushed in or when the children do not keep their chairs on the floor. The tables are near a walk way and I am always tripping
     
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    Kids sitting around and staring into space after class started 5 minutes ago, and they've been taught the entry procedure a million times, and know they should be working on their starters.

    Also kids crowding around the door at the end of the period. It's a hazard, and I need the aisle clear for kids to put away their Chromebooks.
     
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    I don't really have any pet peeves that have to do with the way my school day goes. I do have problems with what others do that affect my classroom (people being late, not doing their job, laziness (staff), parents who don't take care of their children and therefore school staff ends up doing the things the parents should do, etc.
     
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    Whining. Please just don't whine at me.
     
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    I was reminded of another one today...lying. Don't lie to me; just own it.
     
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    Same... Thankfully my kids know that I can tell when they're lying (and they always get busted anyway) so only a couple still try to lie to me.
     
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    I teach Pre K and this all most of them do. One would think that at such a young age children will tell the truth at least 95% of the time. However, they don't
     
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    Hand sanitizer and markers. I don't think 2nd graders are emotionally capable of handling these things.

    Also, asking for exceptions. I pride myself on consistency in this department and am sure to announce alternatives ahead of time. Yet I still have kids asking "I know we're supposed to/not supposed to be doing this but can I..."
     
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