From Homeschooler, to Public Schooler

The Adventures of being a "homeschooler" in a Public School.

The Notebook Toss

In my final class of the day, I have a college and career studies class which is usually consumed by my teacher yelling and ridiculing her students. So, here’s a bit of background on my teacher: She has AD/HD, she likes to pull girls hair, and she is the most immature 48 year old ever! She has no idea how to handle students who are “out of control” and I’ve seen her go as far as pulling girls hair and throwing student’s notebooks at a 7th grader. And that brings us to todays story.

My teacher was grading our notebooks while the students sat and worked on a quizz. She begins shaking her head and calls up a student (lets call him Brody) up to her desk. She proceeds to tell him that his notebook is garbage and she tosses it over her desk and onto the floor next to Brody’s feet. Brody’s eyes immediately lit up and he picked up his notebook and threw it at my teacher! She threw it right back at him and he began cursing at her and then stormed out of the room and said he was going home. Gotta love public school teachers!

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Keeping Up With Grades

One of the many flaws of public school is it seems that the teachers want the kids to fail. They tend to punish an entire classroom if one student decides to goof off during a lesson, which is quite a ridiculous way to discipline children. They grade papers and assignments giving no mercy to absent children but they don’t give students the tools to succeed. I don’t think that they understand what “teaching” really means, they just expect the kids to figure out all the problems on their own. The teachers rarely ever help students and when they ask for assistance, they are ridiculed and humiliated in front of an entire classroom of piers. It’s a horrible environment for kids to learn and grow up in, how are they going to learn to be comfortable around adults if adults are constantly looking down on them?

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I am a 13 year old 8th grader with an outgoing personality and a love for writing. I’ve been homeschooled almost all my life though I have had my fair share of school experiences in the past. Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Oh a homeschooler, she must a socially awkward friek!” Not so shockingly that’s the reaction I am most used to hearing. Well it’s quite the opposite actually, I have the same (if not more) social skills than the majority of regular “public schoolers”. Many kids these days are incredibly uncomfortable in communicating with adults and older students, but as a homeschooler I have had many opportunities to bond with adults and students as old as college freshmen. In fact my two best friends are a freshman and a junior in high school. I have grown up with two amazing parents and one older brother (16). My family is very grounded and we try to focus on bonding and just having a good time while not getting too stressed over work, drama, and money.

So now that you know some about my background, it’s time to explain what this blog will be about. Well, one week ago I enrolled myself in a mainstream public junior high school and this blog will act as my own public journal. You’ll get an inside look of what goes on inside the walls of a middle school, drama, teachers, and an overall look at public school from a middle schoolers eyes.

I hope you enjoy :)

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Make New Friends and Ditch the Old.

My friend “Kellie” is especially good at this technique. She struggles with ways to deal with jealousy and she tends to try and backlash toward the person who “made” her jealous. The first day at my new school I began making new friends and being the social bird I am. When I enrolled myself in her school I wanted to hang out all day; eat lunch together, walk from class to class, and just have a good time. After my second day I realized that wasn’t going to be the case, we didn’t spend any time together at school and we began to hang out less and less away from school as the first week passed. By Monday of my second week, we barely even exchanged friendly smiles in the crowded halls. We still sat next to each other on the bus (due to assigned seating) and texted occasionally but I could feel our friendship fading away. I was making new friends and the opportunity to  spend time together was overrun by homework and sports. I didn’t really mind though, not until she decided to rub it in my face that we weren’t the closest of friends anymore. I had no idea she was even remotely jealous that I was making new friends, she showed no effort to make plans or anything of that nature so I made the assumption that she had moved on. A girl, “Kiki”, moved in a street away from me and Kellie and she began riding our bus. Kellie immediately saw an opportunity to try and flip the jealousy to me. She would kick me out of my seat so that Kiki could sit next to her and loudly discuss their plans for the weekend while Kellie glared over at me from time to time. When the bus squeaks to a stop, the two new “best friends” they bolt off the bus and take longer routes to avoid me. It’s just immature and I don’t understand why she is doing it, I would love to still be friends but she’s ruining her chances.

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Pacifiers and Probation’s

Don’t get me wrong I am SO incredibly grateful for the people (I’m going to keep them anonymous so I’ll call them Jessie and Debbie) who accepted me into their tight group of friends. But to my dismay Jessie and Debbie are turning out to be quite different than I had first assumed. They weren’t exactly me “type” in friends, blonde, popular, and “perfect”; but I figured I may as well give them a chance and as the old adage goes, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. And boy was their cover misplaced, they turned out not to be perfect preppy girls but actually trouble makers. “Jessie” just got off of probation from hospitalizing a 15 year old girl who threw a rock at her 4 year old sister, a bit dramatic but then again I can understand the rage she must have felt. Furthermore, “Debbie” is currently on probation for reasons she refuses to share with me, though she did say “It was probation or 2 years in juvy. I chose probation.” The craziest part of all this to me is the fact that these kids are 8th graders, that means Debbie was threatened with incarceration being only 14 years old!

Now to get to the pacifiers. Let’s say her name is Sarah. She is another one of those popular girls but with a twist of stoner and scene girl, everyone loves her and thinks she is “hot stuff” as one person said. Sarah always wears a laniard around her neck with assorted key chains and random junk dangling from it, but today I noticed something strange entangled in the scraps of different things. Just as I noticed it, she began to suck on it…. And continue to do so for two class periods straight. I found it so odd and I couldn’t decide if she was trying to be cute or if she may actually still suck a ‘binky’.

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