Me = just patient enough to be a teacher, but not as patient as I need to be sometimes...
Today I was literally about to gouge my eyes out in frustration during a long division recess tutorial. Never mind the possibility of mastering the 5th grade material, this is what was driving me UP THE WALL CRAZY today:
Miss Teacher: "Okay, after multiplication comes subtraction. What's 9-8?"
Student: [grabs calculator]
Miss Teacher: "Nope, no calculator allowed for this part, you know this."
Student: [blank stare] "Um..."
Miss Teacher: [beginning to get tense] "Come on, 9-8. 9-8."
Miss Teacher: "Look at the number line. Are there any numbers in between 9 and 8? How far apart are they?"
Student: [muttering under breath, looking at the number line] "11, 12..."
Miss Teacher: "NO!!!!! Come on, 9-8!!! 9-8!!!!" (almost has a coronary)
Not 5 minutes later...
Miss Teacher: "Okay, what's 8-8?"
Student: [blank stare, grabs calculator]
Miss Teacher: "AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" tears out hair, shakes student silly...
^not really. But I was THIS CLOSE!!!!!!!!
Oh math woes...