Things I've been asked or told recently. (What's sad is that they legitimately think these questions or statements are acceptable or true. They're not just trying to be funny.):
Do you know kung fu?
You don't know Spanish! You're Chinese!
I'm going to call you Ms. Yao Ming because I forgot your name.
Are you good at math?
I wouldn't mess with a Chinese dude. They're BORN knowing kung fu. (This is right after I gave a 10 minute lecture on stereotyping and racism.)
I grew up thinking that Asian people could fly because of the movies.
Me and Mr. L. have an understanding. He said that if I just show up for class he'll give me an A.
Sixth grade boy humor:
An example of an argument with a student:
Me: You're being extremely rude right now.
Her: Why? I ain't saying nothin'.
Me: You were talking and I asked you not to.
Her: I WAS talking.
Me: So you just admitted that you were talking, then?
A teacher's warning:
Thank you for subbing for me today. My afternoon classes can be talkative, rude, and obnoxious.
1) A student was called to the Assistant Principal's office. I wrote her a pass and she left promptly. I received a phone call from the office half an hour later asking if I sent the student. Apparently, she never made it to the AP office.
2) I took attendance for a class five minutes before the bell was scheduled to ring. As soon as I read off some names, the students got up and walked out of the classroom. Because the remaining students didn't want to snitch on their friends, I took attendance one more time and was able to figure out the names of the three students who left early.
3) Students were to take a quiz on Newton and were allowed to use their own notes. I caught two students Googling answers on their phones. Instead of taking away their quizzes immediately, I just wrote their names down for the teacher because I was legitimately worried that I would get shanked in the parking lot.
4) Girl made "chink" eyes and stopped right as I walked past her.
My work conditions. Can you spot the dirty spoon?:
Being a substitute has been a wonderful way for me to help with our bills and I'm appreciative of its flexibility. I really need to gather enough courage and strength to get back into it so that I can finish the school year on a high note.
I'm legitimately not feeling 100% today so I took the day off. Let's hope I don't deal with too much foolishness the rest of the week.