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A lot has happened in the last couple weeks and somehow I’ve ended up back in Hell with a smile. I meant to post last week, but last Saturday I had a quincenera to go to and I didn’t end up having time to post. So I’ll update you on both weeks.
On Wednesday of last week (so 9/16) my administration told me that they were going to switch students for me. The student I told y’all about that was giving me so much trouble and was suspended… they said that since she had been SO violent towards me they felt the best move would be to see if she could build a better relationship with another teacher. And that teacher had a student who she’d also been having a rough time with (my student’s step-sister actually), so we did a swap. Well the new student hasn’t been in my class much – she’s a chronic crier who doesn’t want to come to school and finds every excuse to go home. I didn’t really have any trouble with her until Thursday of this week… more on that in a minute.
So last week was pretty much like most weeks. Rough. But on Friday I got the best news. My mentor let me know that they had arranged to let me observe a 1st grade teacher who has been teaching for 10 years and who’s style is probably a lot like mine. And then, as my bonus prize, they arranged to have her come and co-teach with me for a day to help me. Well, that happened this week. It’s the reason I’m back in Hell with a smile.
On Tuesday they put a substitute teacher in my class all day – btw, that’s not a break. Getting prepared for a sub is MORE work than just working – and I spent the whole day in this amazing teacher’s class. I’ve already been asking her a ton of questions and boy were they right that our styles match. She’s so structured, which is SO ME. Her class was amazing. There was like never a student not doing what they were supposed to. And if they weren’t, the consequences were not only immediate, but accepted without complaint from the kids. They had fun with her, but knew she meant business. It was such a privillege to observe her class. I took some of what I learned and started applying it on Wednesday, all by myself. And wow, the impact was amazing. The kids started to realize I meant buisness too. But my procedures still needed a lot of help and I didn’t know how to have fun with them yet. So much of the kinder fun is just not in my vocab. Yet.
Well Thursday she came in and took our class back to day 1 Hell. Because that’s what happens when you take a class full of 5 year olds that are used to doing things one way and tell them that shit isn’t going to fly anymore. They fight back. They are not happy. And at the same time, they love the good stuff they’re getting along the way. The finger plays we started doing – Thumpkin, I am special, Open Shut Them, etc. Thursday morning she led my class with me stepping in periodically. By the afternoon I was leading things with her stepping in periodically. The change was miraculous. The majority of my students are really responding well. Some are fighting, but they’re learning that they will lose and I will win.
Friday I was by myself again – though people stopped by constantly to observe – and it was pretty much the same as Thursday, maybe a little bit better! I’m nervous about the moment I try to actually start teaching, but I feel like we’re headed in the right direction. For example, my alternative certifcation field supervisor came on Friday to observe me and she gave me a proficient rating in ALL AREAS. I promise you, if she’d come on Monday I would have failed. Night and day.
We did have one incident involving my new student – the one that was switched for my problem student – on Thursday. She came to class crying, like usual. She tried to say she was sick, but I knew she wasn’t (that’s a daily thing for her because she wants to go home). She REFUSED to come into class and one of the school aids ended up helping trying to bring her in. Next thing I know, while we’re trying to teach, she’s DESTROYING the classroom. She threw puzzles and papers all over, knocked over a book case, and wrote on the white board with permanent marker. Screaming, hollering, slamming the door, kicking the aid – all while we’re trying to teach.
Now some really important background to share- she belongs to this family that is infamous in our school. There are 25 of them in our school. Yep. 25. Basically every teacher has one of these kids. Like I said, I switched step-sisters. Well, the teacher who was helping me has my student’s older sister in her class and didn’t want to leave her for a sub. But she has her behavior under control, so she brought her to class with her so that she could keep an eye on her and also to use her as a model for my kindergarteners. Which was working really well, until my student (her littler sister) started acting up. In a sudden moment, the two of them ran out of the classroom into the hallway and started running around. The teacher helping me took off to try and get control. Well, like I said, there are 25 of these kids in the school and some of them saw their siblings in the hall acting stupid. So now we have 10 kids in the halls acting up, fighting ensuses, and next thing I know, we’re having to call the police to foreceably remove these ten 5-10 year olds from the school. Yeah. So there was some definite hell.
And she didn’t come back to school on Friday – which means she won. She got exactly what she wanted. No school on Thursday or Friday. But she’ll be back, probably Monday. And she has a mess waiting for her. Yep. Despite my obsessive desire for order I left the mess on the floor and the sharpie marker on the board. During specials on Monday (or whenever she gets back) she’ll be with me, cleaning up her mess. Hopefully it’ll show her there are consequences. At the very least, it’s already shown my other kids – because they asked why I left the mess and I let them know that she’d clean it up because we clean up after ourselves in my class. I’m not here to clean up after them.
Sorry this has been so long – but I have to mention that all this happened with me VERY sick. As in I have almost no voice, am constantly hacking up a lung, and on Thursday the world was constantly spinning. I had to sit down a few times just to avoid passing out. But hey, I survived, so it has to get better right?
Nothing new, except that I really hope to have some reviews up for y’all this week.
Still not making it to the gym, but also still not eating much and getting tons of steps. Except weekends where I become so lazy, a bump on a log walks more…
Last Two Weeks on the Blog
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Hoping to at least review Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep, which I read and loved this past week. Have a ton of other reviews sitting around too….
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