When I picked up my class from Music, the student teacher, Mr. K., said that Cherry and her best bud Chutney were awful. They wouldn’t listen to him, wouldn’t follow directions, turned the pages of his book (when he was trying to read it), played with the window shade, hid behind the risers, and shoved each other when they finally got in line. I looked at them, and you would not believe what they said.
“He’s lying!” they chorused.
I apologized to Mr. K and took the kids back to our classroom. I had a student teacher from another classroom with me, because she wanted to observe me for an hour or so to see what preschool is like. Back in the room, another teacher came to observe (she’s another mentor and will be doing a formal observation of me in the next month, and wanted to get a feel for my room). She was beaming from ear to ear about how wonderful preschool is, and how great my class is, and I was just thinking, “the stinkers!”
I called both girls’ mothers, and left messages asking them to have their daughters write apology notes tonight for us to give to Mr. K. tomorrow morning. I mentioned that accusing a teacher of lying is very disrespectful behavior.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow.