Why is it that teachers get apologetic when their students behave like...students? Is there some reason why we should expect that a class would act better with a guest teacher or speaker than on a regular day?
I went out to a new-to-me elementary school this afternoon in order to work with a group of fifth graders. They had lots of energy, all focused in a good way. I could never complain about some youthful enthusiasm---especially when it comes to science. But their teacher seemed to be embarrassed from time to time. I tried to reassure her that kids were just fine.
I suppose it all stems from wanting to show off our students at their best. We'd like guests in the classroom to think that we have "raised" our kids right. And we have. Kids are just kids. I'd like to think that visitors understand that company manners don't necessarily mean that kids will be seen and not heard.