Volunteering Tales

This school year, with Thumper now in extended day preschool 3 days a week, I have a little extra time to do things.  So Auntie recruited me to volunteer in her classroom (she teaches 3rd grade).  I go in once a week on Mondays.

This last Monday, Auntie had a social studies lesson that should have been 20 minutes.  It got derailed into a full hour, as she had to take a massive detour to fix the misconception that apparently some of her students had.  What was the misconception?  That Martin Luther King Jr. ended slavery.

I was grading math papers and watched Auntie lose her mind in slow motion as she actually drew a timeline on her whiteboard and pointed out the near 100 year gap between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement.

When she sent them out to recess, she sat down to wail that teachers don’t get paid enough to deal with this.

After getting to know her students this year, I’m inclined to agree, and to bring her some more Halo Top ice cream.

One Response to “Volunteering Tales”

  1. Linda
    February 7th, 2018 08:59

    Wow! I agree that Teachers are not paid enough!
    I volunteered in a neighbors 3rd grade class for 3 years and saw and heard youngsters do and say the craziest things!
    Auntie, hang in there! You will be at the grocery store one day and a young person will come up and give you a hug and Thank you for being their ‘Bestest’ and Favorite ever Teacher!