Sit on your bottom, fold your legs, hands in your lap, eyes on the teacher.
Why doesn’t this work anymore? Why are my students ignoring me? Why is Duck lying down on top of Ferdinand?
Everybody needs to sit down and listen right now. I appreciate the way Edward is listening. Thank you, Edward.
Good morning children. (“Good morning, Mrs. X!”) What is the letter of the week? (“W!” “wuh!”) Right, the letter of the week is Ww. It makes this sound: wuh.
Why is Leo wandering the room? No, no, no, let’s not start that again.
Leo, if you want your clothespin for centers time you need to sit down right now in the meeting area. Okay, let’s practice our letter sounds. Do you think I can trick you? (“Nooo!”)
Leo is not paying any attention. Try to hook him.
Leo, look, I’ve got the letter cards. Do you think I can trick you?
Leo is not looking at me. Move on.
What sound? (“MMM!”) Right, mmmm.
What sound? (“KKKuh!”) Yes, /k/.
What are Miss Nelson and that special ed teacher from the district talking about over there? Are they watching me? Talking about me? Argh, it’s so distracting.
What sound? (“NNNN!”) Yes, nnnn.
What the heck, Titch is totally not paying attention. I know he doesn’t know most of the letters and sounds, and no wonder. He’s not looking or listening at all.
Titch, please look up here. Titch. Titch! Thank you, sweetie, please pay attention and do the sounds with us.
What sound? (“aaaa!”) Yes, aaa.
Great, lost him already. And Duck is picking his nose again. And wiping it on the kid next to him!
Duck. No. Please keep your hands in your lap. What sound? (“LLLL!”) Yes, llll.
Leo is only doing about every third sound, and he usually loves to do the sounds with us. GREAT, now Owen is not paying attention either.
Owen, Titch, Duck, look up here. You need to look to learn the letters and sounds.
Why isn’t Swimmy wearing his glasses? Why was he pouting this morning? For that matter, why was Titch pouting this morning? Why did Duck and Owen get in trouble in music class? Why didn’t I remember to write the morning message? Why have I been getting migraines every day for three days in a row? Why are Duck and Princess so hyper today?
What sound? (“RRRR!”) Right, rrrrr.
Will you look at that? Princess is paying attention! She is looking at the cards, and listening to her friends say the sounds, and copying them. Oh man, at least Princess is learning something today.
Thank heaven for small mercies.