Today I was a 7th grade science teacher at Edison Middle School in Champaign. I’ve worked with these students several times in the past, and have had great experiences, so I was hoping today would be a continuation of that.
Alas, it was not to be.
The biggest issue of the day was not talking and disrespect. It was actually melting crayons. For some reason, there is an exposed hot water pipe in the classroom that connects to the radiator. At some point in the year, the students discovered that the crayons the teacher has in her room have a low enough melting point that, when placed on this pipe, they will melt and drip all over the floor. I cannot for the life of me figure out why they think this is acceptable, nor can I figure out why they think that their teacher is okay with it (she isn’t, by the way).
So instead of having a pleasant day of teaching about Gregor Mendel and his thousands of experiments with peas, I spent the bulk of my day telling students to keep away from the pipe and to stop melting crayons. I did teach about Mendel, incidentally. Just not as much as I would have liked. Oh well. Maybe next time.