What is your classroom pet peeve

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  1. MissScrimmage

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    And bottles of white glue...
     
  2. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    I always thought that 2nd graders got these things down pact. I struggle with telling 4 and 5 year old to keep tops on the markers and do not leave the glue stick tops off.
    I actually have to BUY MORE MARKERS:mad: because they are all dry.
     
  3. AmyMyNamey

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    Emotionally disturbed children being in charge of the school thanks to a complete lack of discipline and common sense.
     
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    I hate when students spit gum directly into the trash can without wrapping it up. Mostly I'm just grateful that it's in the trash can and not under the desks, but still...
     
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    I'd be happy if the students stopped spitting SPIT directly into the trashcan.

    :dizzy:
     
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    ...... Why would they even do that?
     
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    I have NO IDEA, and I'm tired of telling them that it's technically a biohazard.
     
  8. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    Does anyone hate to be interrupted during teaching? I hate when other teachers or parents walk into my classroom during circle time or my morning meeting and interrupt me and the children's learning process. So annoying. Especially when I have all the kids quiet and we are reading a story about the theme we will be discussing for the week.
     
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    I don't really have an over riding peeve. I work with each kiddo be it forgotten hw, disorganization, calling out, whatever. Not one particular thing stands out as a big bother- just as goals on which
    to support my kiddos.
     
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    This seems like its a school culture issue. Do have rolling pick up or drop off times? You might identify a time that seems optimal teaching/minmal interruption teaching time during which to focus on your main content points each day. Make every minute count.
     
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    To add to this, I'm not a fan of my kids raising their hands while I am (or someone else is) speaking or giving directions. I usually ask for them to wait until I have finished. I explain to them at the beginning of the year that I don't like it because they usually focus more on asking their questions instead of listening. I usually answer what they're asking anyway with what I am saying. I give a chance for questions or comments at the end for clarification.
     
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    I don't like getting interrupted unless it's important. There are certain people from one department who disruptively call or come to the door. My classroom phone has caller ID so I will let the call go to voicemail if it's one of the disruptive people. My students have a short attention span as it is so disruptions are really annoying.
     
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    Well, I teach in a daycare and my classroom is situated in the middle of the building. Other classrooms are connected to my room. The cut off time for children is 9:00 am. I guess there are some parents that try to make excuses as to why they are late and are able to drop their kids off.
     
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    I have this same issue.
     
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    A lot of mine have been mentioned already, the biggest one being kids acting like they don't know where stuff goes even though it has gone into the same place forever. Forever!

    I also really dislike it when students (or teachers!) aggressively hand me something or throw it down onto my desk and then make some demand of me with a really big attitude. Kid, start over. If you need me to fix some problem for you or if there has been a mixup that I need to be aware of, you can approach me civilly and we will address the problem together. The very least you can do is start out by calmly explaining what the problem is. I don't need to be helping people who have a bad attitude.

    Oh, and in my new position as a specialist, some teachers and staff seem to not realize that I am an actual, licensed teacher. There are a few people on campus who call me by my first name in front of students, as in "Be sure to give your books to [first name]!". The school culture here does not support calling teachers by their first names. I prefer to be called by my last name just like every other teacher.
     
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    When I taught 5th grade my biggest classroom pet peeve was clicky pens. I still hate them. Kids get restless and clickclickclickclickclick! AAARRRRGGGG!!!!! Now that I am in a specialist position the pet peeve has changed to disappearing pencils. I fixed that by finding the oldest pencils around, ripping off the erasers, and providing a cup of chunky erasers. Suddenly I have no problem hanging on to my pencils.
     
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    I hate when students are loud for no reason. Just loud to be loud. I've been told countless times that the student population I teach is just "naturally loud" - but it still drives me insane.

    I also hate constant back-and-forth bickering. Drives me nuts.
     
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    My students spit in the trash can all the time ... I don't even say anything anymore because they are going to do it anyway.
     
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    I have another one "Please bring lose change to buy snacks" Big cringe.

    My biggest pet peeve is backchat. If a student is going to be rude to me for the sake of being rude to me, I have no patience for that. Especially since I make such a conscious effort to be respectful to them, even when I'm giving them consequences.

    And I agree with the lying. I really dislike this trait, in my professional and personal life.
     

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