biggest crybabies?

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  1. sk8enscars311

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    Does anyone notice that 2nd grade seems to cry and be more dramatic than the other grades? I'm a music teacher and right now I see PreK, kindergarten, and 2nd grade everyday for the whole quarter and 2nd grade is my whiniest, neediest class. PreK, who had a rough start, can actually sit down, get quiet and participate for a half hour without any problems. 2nd grade has 15 kids in it and they spend the whole time finding things to cry about. I have one who literally will fall, dramatically, to the floor and drag her body to her chair because she's sooooooooooo tired. I could just scream!! I try to give them positive attention right from the start and throughout class but they still do things and then I get so annoyed and get "mean".

    Oh yeah, I guess my question is.... do the students in your 2nd grade class cry a lot?
     
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  3. brigidy

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    Sounds rough...and I didn't think anyone could be more dramatic than 5th grade girls! :rolleyes:
     
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    Hmmmm. I agree that 5th grade girls LOVE drama and are clique-ish. Kinders cry because they cannot really express their feelings yet (and they tire quickly.) I don't find that my second graders cry all that much. . .
     
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    My second graders last year were criers until after Christmas. This year, no tears...I'm looking for wood to knock on...:p
     
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    I've never had that problem with 2nd grade -- but I know I would find it extremely annoying.

    As I tell my students everyday -- you need to keep your teacher happy -- because when I'm happy, we have a good day, we learn a lot, and we have fun. When I'm not happy, nobody is happy!

    And heaven-forbid I turn into "Big Mean Angry Teacher" (my somewhat overdramatic alter-ego...) My kids laugh about that -- but they really do seem to get it. If you annoy the teacher, your day will be unpleasant. It is the natural consequence to your action.
     
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    I have a couple kids this year who seem to cry a lot. Ignoring the behavior usually works for me. Once they realize I'm not buying into it, the tears magically dry up.
     
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    Hmmm, no, have been in grade 2 for 8 years now and really haven't ever had a 'class of criers'... Could be the dynamics of this particular group? If a kid was falling out of their chair every music period, I'd have him/her sit on the floor- get a bean bag or carpet squares...What does your music class period look like? Describe it. What time of day do the grade 2 kids get to you?
     
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    Oh my Gosh, I'm so glad someone else said it so I didn't have too. My second graders cry constantly -- ironically it's always the boys, NEVER the girls.

    Today I actually had to call a child's father because he threw a tantrum because he got one word incorrect on his spelling pretest (which isn't even worth a grade! it's just practice).

    Another little boy had a tantrum because he was turned talking to a student, so I told him to go put a check by his name. He started crying and freaking out and screaming at the top of his lungs, "I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!"

    He acted like I had slapped him, told him there was no Santa Claus and his mother was ugly. It was really not that serious.

    I didn't have this problem with my last class -- they rarely cried unless it was something really serious or if they were hurt. I don't know what's up with this years second graders.
     

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