(Make no mistake whatsoever - I DO NOT FIND MY STUDENTS REMOTELY ATTRACTIVE!! EEWWWWWW DISGUSTING, GET YOUR MINDS RIGHT BEFORE CONTINUING THIS POST)
As my welcome back "gift" for returning to work, my boss created an all boy sophomore class to motivate and inspire to go into honors and advanced placement. Long story short, this is my FAVORITE class of the day! I moaned and groaned about it (not in a good way) for weeks after I found out about it, but now that I have them, I love it! I don't know if it's b/c I don't have to deal with the bitchiness of teenage girls or if for some unbeknownst reason I get some kick out of being the center of attention for a room of teenage boys. I feel that since it's been less than a week the testosterone levels haven't peaked yet. Although, I haven't gotten over the shock of having 37 pairs of eyes trying not to get caught staring at my boobs yet! Some of my boys are so in awe of them they don't even realize they've been caught staring and continue to stare! I have to talk to my boss about this b/c I don't know if I need to make an issue of it, you know, like walk in one day and say, "Hey, my eyes are UP here!" or better yet, "Yes, I have breasts, now that we've addressed it, let's move on!" Hee hee hee!! I'm sure neither one is appropriate, but we'll see what she says.
Sidebar: Just wanted to put you all on notice that the simulated chat for teacher/student relations is in the works!! (Hurry up with your part, you know who!!)
Anyway, back to these boys, I never thought in a million years that I could teach an all boy class before, but I guess female teachers in all boy schools deal with this all the time. It makes me weary that I am feel so at ease in front of them, I hold no punches with them and "keep it real", and so far several of them have bragged about me to their counselors. Even after telling them that I have to cut 3 students off of the roster they proclaimed, "Mrs, it's about to be a grudge match in here, cuz nobody wants to leave you"...just melts your heart doesn't it?