Thursday nights I teach a marathon of classes. First it's Magical Ballet, then tap, hip hop, and then ballet again. The first three classes are for kids 4-5 and I either want to pull my hair out or burst out laughing. Those kids are all off the hook!
Here's a sampling of the children I teach.
Child #1: She is tiny, looks like a four year old Reese Witherspoon, and talks a mile a minute. To herself. She tells these weird stories about ponies and fairies and how everyone needs to come with her and see them. But she does it while running around in circles which frankly just makes her look crazy.
Child #2: At first I answered all her questions. Between exercises. During exercises. While I was talking. Then I realized she just wanted attention so after I told her to be quiet (I actually had a few stern warnings) and she didn't listen I decided to just ignore her. We call it planned ignoring in the behavior therapy realm. This is what I got instead. "Teacher. Teacher. Teacher. Teacher. Teacher. Teacher. Teacher. Teacher. Teacher." No joke, she said the teacher for at least 30 seconds straight. At least she said it in tempo with the music.
Child #3: Whenever I tell her to do something (like listen) she completely ignores me. I call her name and it's as if she either doesn't hear me or that's not her name (forcing me to look at the roll to double check that, yes, this is indeed her name). But then I wonder if she knows English because everything she says sounds like jibberish. Seriously all jibberish. And she flails her hands while she does it so, again, I have another crazy child. It got so bad that another student turned to her and said, "Stop it. You look weird."
Child #4: This child decides that she must, absolutely must, walk across the floor while dragging her head on the ground. This takes a while. I feel stupid saying, "Please do not walk across the floor with your head on the ground" but I have to anyway. New ground rules are made in every class.
Do you know any crazy children? Any teachers or parents out there with similar stories to tell? Don't you want Reese Witherspoon's bangs like I do?