On working at a girl’s school (part 1)

Today, I think, is the senior prank.  I say I think because I just got here and there is candy on every desk.  Also, there are “watch out for Sirius Black.” Signs all around campus.  I wonder if they will be dressed like Harry Potter characters at morning reports.  ::fingers crossed::. (Update: We are totally having a Harry Potter themed day with Quidditch and all. The music is playing in the halls.  do do, do do, do do do do, do do do do, do do)

Two things that I have found different about girls’ school vs co-ed.

1) I use almost no classroom management skills. The peer pressure of everyone else behaving is enough.  Also, they want to make me happy. So, yay!  Well behaved people!

2) There are so many feelings.  ALL THE TIME.  I understand that there are feelings at co-ed schools, too but seriously.  All the feelings, all the time. Part of this also come from being at a boarding school where for some (definitely not all) I am their adult contact for the day which often means stopping whatever I am doing and listening. This is a skill I absolutely did not have before I came here.  Listening is hard, guys.  It takes a lot of practice.  This could be a whole other post.  Maybe it will be.

Alright, I’m off.

2/30

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3 thoughts on “On working at a girl’s school (part 1)

  1. Two for two! I should maybe write a companion piece to this about working with all boys for the first time this year.

    The #1 is similar with the twist of trying to show off sometimes, but if you can change the culture that makes them want to show off as “good” instead of “macho,” then it works.

    The #2 is also surprisingly similar. The overall level of “feelings” may be lower here than at coed, but guys are more open to sharing sometimes in a community of guys than they were when girls were around.

    My #3 would be that it’s smellier. Literally 5 minutes of every class every day is spent trying to calm them down when someone farts loudly. There’s laughing and, “Ew, Jones! What did you eat!” then people running around the room trying to get another seat away from the smell.

    Well, I was planning on writing a post later about my experiences with changing schools and I’ll detail more of these things there, I think.

  2. I worked at a girls’ school for three years. I was told to anticipate the feelings aspect but no amount of telling me about it prepared me for it. In addition to having no classroom management concerns, I was delighted at the lack of time spent talking about dress code. In the math class, I was thrilled to hear girls’ voices not being drowned out by the (often overconfident) boys.

  3. I work at a girls school as well, and the feelings are often overwhelming. Dealing with teenage girls requires a lot of listening, which is often a learned skill. However, listening helps the girls out and often just telling someone about their problems sometimes makes them easier to deal with. The stress of being a teenager in todays world is rough. Most of my girls, even though they are very smart and talented, are very confused about what they should be doing as a teenager and what their priorities should be. It isn’t easy being an adult within their world, as you probably know, because they expect you to know the answer to everything that they tell you. I wish you the best of luck!

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