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Friday, July 15, 2005

Rainy Days and Fridays

I just finished another week of summer art camp at the local art center. I teach cartooning to kids for an hour and a half each day. It's always different for each session. Sometimes the kids are all about the same age; sometimes I'll have everything from an 8 year old to a 15 year old. Naturally, it flows best if the kids are all similar in age.

I've always said that kids are kids and that there's just about nothing that a kid could do that would really, really tick me off. They can be rambunctious, hyper, talkative, quiet, whatever. I try be easy-going with them and adjust the agenda to meet the needs and interests of the group that I have for that particular session. After all, they are just kids and are still learning how to be human beings.

This week, however, I met a little girl that I have to say I truly disliked.

I've never met a kid before that was so rude and mean. Kids can get excited about something and get overly talkative, but they do listen when I call out for their attention or to quiet down for a few minutes. When I asked for attention this time, this little princess listened to about five words and then turned away and did her own thing. When I was talking directly to her, even if I was right next to her (and at one point I placed my hand on her shoulder) she would still ignore me and go on talking or not do what she was supposed to be doing. She wouldn't follow instructions or directions. She also made really nasty comments to another one of the other kids. This girl was about 8 years old.

On top of this there was a drama queen who whined about how she never got good grades in art class at school, how she couldn't draw, etc. Said that she couldn't even draw a circle. I told her if she wanted a perfect circle, then to use a compass. But no cartoonist drew characters with perfectly round heads. She got huffy when I didn't play the sympathetic adult, but came 'round in the end. (She played the "I'm adopted" routine with one of the other instructors there.)

I'd be curious to see what kind of family life some of these kids have - do they act this way at home? Or are they perfect at home and their parents don't have a clue? I suppose it's some of both.

The art center has asked me to teach a preschool age class. I haven't worked with kids that young since the Kiddies were in the nursery class at church. So, I'm going to take some education classes at the local community college and see if I can get some ideas and confidence.

The thought of going back to school at my age was exciting at first. But when I went over to register, all I saw where youngsters. Now it seems a bit daunting. I got to thinking that I'd be almost twice the age of most of the other students, but someone told me that HACC has plenty of "older" students. LOL. We'll see.

In about an hour we'll be making the trek up north to retreive Kiddie B from Girl Scout camp. We finally got the thunderstorms last night (still doing some raining right now), so I wonder if they got rain up there, too. It's a two and a half hour drive up, so they could easily have different weather. Tonight is start of the new Stargate SG-1 season, so we need to get back in time for that (yes, the recorder is set, too). And still later on Kiddie A insists that we get to Borders to pick up the new Harry Potter book at midnight.

Then tomorrow will be packing for both Kiddies to go to Band Camp at Penn State for the week, starting Sunday.

And yesterday's post -- I TOLD you it was a WHINE!


At 1:22 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Multiply that story about twenty times. That would be my life in the classroom.

Many times, I'll have to meet the parents/guardians because of situations like this (not following directions, rude behavior, etc) and it becomes very apparent that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. It's not 100% that way, but I do see a pattern.

That's OK, though. I can put up with it because the other students make it so much fun to teach.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

What you have is a B.I.T. (bitch in training).

I would make a LARGE bet that her parents allow the same stuff at home. She is in your camp because her parents do not want to deal with her.

So, there is really little you can do. Talking to the parents will get you nowhere, their attitude will be "we are paying you, so this is all YOUR problem".

And due to various laws and stuff, you can not use a tazer.

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

The good news is, these bad actors aren't YOURS. Also you don't have any particular group for long.

You think you need a class on little kids? They're so easy.

At 2:42 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

Yeah, I'm sure there's at least one difficult kid in every batch. Too bad.

That's cool about community college. I'm always up for SCHOOL! :-)

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

If those children were rude and mean, the parents are probably far worse.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

I don't know a thing about children, except you obviouslt raised yours well. Have fun at Border's tonight. By the time you wake up, I bet bookworm's finished the new one.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Go back to school and show those young punks up!

Kids with a "talk to the hand" attitude should be given a swift "kick to the butt!"

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

What a great post. You echo what so many of us have said in the past (in our parents group in the Tampa Bay Area). The fact that you see it means that you are a good parent. I am always amazed by people that allow their kids to be holy terrors.

If you didn't live so far away, I would think that The Little Princess might have been my friend's daughter, Elvira, who is at camp right now. That girl is a nightmare.

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Goa'uld said...

YES!! I was so glad to see the new episode of Stargate SG-1! Too bad it ended as "To Be Continued"...and it did so some drizzling, but nothing too bad at camp. However, there were some thunderstorms (no rain, though) earlier in the week.

Oh! My counselor told me the group that did the same Girl Scout Program before me was exactly like that. They REFUSED to do their kapers (chores), pigged out during dinner, and were just plain rude. Instead of one girl, it was the entire lot, apparently!

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Doug said...

So, how was Border's at midnight?

At 10:35 AM, Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

"Older student" will have it made. Just wait till you see how confused the young ones are; will give you all the confidence you need.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger actonbell said...

That's great, dddragon! Lots of people take education & early childhood dev. "later in life." You will not be alone, and you'll have more confidence than the pups-really.
And you know I've met some mighty uncharming kids! I think things are definitely worse than they were 20 years ago--what Gou'ald says about the previous set of girls at camp is astonishing! We actually ENJOYED our chores, when I was at camp. We sang while we did them, and sometimes traded chores for the ones we particularly liked. It was an extension of the dinner-social hour:)

At 11:50 AM, Blogger actonbell said...

Oh, about ed. classes: you know I attended classes with Denise Piccola, right? She was definitely "older" to be going into teaching.


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