Thursday, April 17, 2008

I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP, MR. DEMILLE

I'm so tired of drama. No, I'm really not talking about the theater. I'm talking about all the drama I've had in my life for the past few months. I have 4 days left of Seminary - next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All we have been dealing with is drama.

One of the dramas I've endured was our Scripture Chase. We have been preparing for this all 2nd Semester. I really didn't think my seniors would win because they have "senioritis" so bad (but that's okay, because I have "senioritis" too). The day before the chase, I told my seniors that I didn't care if they won or lost, all I cared was that everyone showed up and that they had good sportsmanship whether they won or lost.

I told the other teachers that we would have 2 rounds. One of the jr teachers said, "Oh no, we have to have 3 rounds in case of a tie!" I told her that if the chase ended in a tie, it would be the best thing that could happen. That is what happened last year - the jrs and the srs tied - everyone was happy. This teacher said to me, "Oh, but I want to win!" (Warning! Warning, Will Robinson!)

Well, towards the end of the 1st round one of the jr girls accused the judges of being partial to the seniors because there were 2 senior judges and one junior judge. (The reader was also a junior teacher and the scorekeeper was a junior teacher - the 4th junior teacher was out of town.) When she said this, the junior judge said, "You're winning, why are you complaining?" So at the end of that round, I told the junior teacher who was the reader to change places with the senior judge - that way there would be 2 junior teachers as judges and one senior teacher (me). I asked the juniors if that would be okay and make them happy about it being more even. The junior teacher who was the reader did not look happy at being moved to being a judge. We had 3 judges so that if 2 judges disagreed on who was first, the 3rd judge would be the one to decide. We even had one time where 2 students tied. Both were given points.

Well anyway, the juniors won - by about 10 points for both rounds. Trouble is, the juniors were not very good winners. The next Monday, my class came to Seminary - everyone depressed. Come to find out, the juniors had harrassed them all weekend- told them the seniors cheated - told them their teachers were mean and unfair. Excuse me? I've heard of poor losers, but poor winners?

Like I said, waaaayyy too much drama. Problem is, I hate to end on a sour note like this. Now I feel like all my kids are mad at me. My supervisor came in dropping hints that "junior teacher" must have gone to her and complained. I've worked way too hard all year to come to this.

Four days and counting.

8 comments:

Amber said...

I'm sorry mom that sucks! I don't know what to say - you could tell your kids that in the real world none of this will matter and that the juniors are probably such "poor" winners because they wish THEY were the ones that were graduating. Maybe you need to do a slide show presentation for one of your last couple of days with pictures from the past two years so they can remember all the good times, or maybe you could write up things that they have learned this past year that will help them through the rest of their lives. Maybe you could have a group prayer and pray for the juniors (pray for your enemies kind of thing). Those are my ideas - hope it gets better!

gilbert girl said...

give me a freakin break. i think the whole thing is ridiculous...people need to grow up

Bullet for Babs said...

You know that saying, "You can't mix religion with politics"? The same goes with Mormons and competition...the abq west stake used to have a ward sponsored basketball league (which although I'm not that into basketball, I'd probly join just for the hell of it)...anyway, they had to stop doing the entire league because it was becoming too competitive and people were taking it too seriously and talking trash and it was just getting really nasty...I don't know why Mormons have to be like that...they just need to chill out...

Inside Stories said...

Focus on all the good you have done in there. Maybe this parting drama is so you can feel good that you are leaving. :0)

Lindsay-Weaver said...

The guys at work call Church Ball "Church Brawl" There's definitely a reason for it. Sometimes it gets out of hand. :)

*L*

Rintor said...

(Helaman 14:30-31)
30 And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.
31 He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.

(3 Nephi 13:14-15)
14 For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Behold the world and the wisdom thereof. I say live and let live. If those people want to torture themselves by comparing themselves to others and pulling others down then so be it. But don't let yourself be pulled in by their negativity, harassment, and drama. Let them jeer from their large and spacious building while you continue to enjoy your life.

Native Minnow said...

Ha, one of the few fights I ever got in was after a basketball game, and it was with the ref, who was drunk. He threw the first punch.

twcook36 said...

why don't you just ask the juniors how they would feel if the seniors were treating them that way? Don't they have any dignity? Grow up. (By the way, yes you have all sucked me in and I so don't have time to blog. :))