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For the most part, this past week could still be described as purgatory. I’m still working hellish hours (even with Monday off I easily worked 70 hours last week) and I still have a to-do list a mile long. But I’m also learning to accept not getting things done. I figure I hate my job and while some miracle might change things, it’s unlikely. So I’m determined to fill the rest of my life with as much of what I love as I can. More on that in the Blog News section…
I did have one almost good day last week, though. Friday. On Friday, my most frustrating, badly behaved student was suspended. Yes. That’s right. Suspended in Kindergarten. She’s so SO bad. She was suspended on Thursday after I had to carry her kicking, screaming, and trying to bite me from the playground because she flat out REFUSED to leave when recess was over. I had my other 18 kids lined up ready to go inside and walked them to the office with her in my arms, because the sub that is sometimes my assisstant was covering another class at that time. When I got to the office I set her down and asked for help, watching the rest of my class through the glass doors. They were actually well-behaved; I think they were scared of me at that moment, because I wasn’t exactly happy. So yeah, she was suspended and wasn’t able to come to school on Friday. And guess what? Friday was an almost good day. I have two other students that really challenge my authority, but I am able to bring both of them back in line eventually. It was the first day that we stayed mostly on schedule. It was the first day that I smiled with the kids. We learned. And I didn’t have my helper at all Friday.
This brings me to one conclusion. My problem is 1 child. This pisses me off for several reasons. First off all, I hate that one child is beating me. One screaming, frustrating five year old is running my classroom. How infuriating! I also hate that she’s ruining everyone’s chance to learn – including her own. She’s quite possibly the SMARTEST kid in my class. If not, definitely one of them. I also hate that she got stuck in my class. Why couldn’t I get something a little easier for my first year? Why? It also sucks that I can’t hate her because that would make things a lot easier. But she’s five years old and clearly she has more emotional baggage than some 50 year olds that I know. I really hope I can figure out how to make her break down some of her barriers with me. She’ll be back on Monday (tomorrow already! Geez!) and I’m dreading it after a glimpse of what our class could be without her. But I’m also so frustrated with myself for not knowing what to do to make her listen to me. I met with the behavior specialist on Friday and we put together a plan that I’m going to begin working on. Fingers crossed!
I do have a funny story to share from this week, too, though. On Wednesday one of our bilingual kinder teachers was unable to come in and they weren’t able to get a sub. So they had to divide his class among the remaining four kinder teachers. So I had 5 kids added to my class with varied abilites to speak English. They were so incredibly well-behaved I found myself wishing I spoke Spanish well enough to be a bilingual teacher (that’s a whole different subject though). I tried to keep them involved in the class throughout the day, pulling out a little bit of Spanish when I could (to the amazement of my students which was kind of fun). Towards the end of the day each child was getting a chance to share what they learned about soil from our lesson and I tried to include the bilingual kids. Two of them understood and particiapted well. One stood up and when I asked, “What did you learn about soil?” responded “yes.” I tried different questions about soil and each time she responded “yes.” I finally told her to sit down, since clearly she didn’t understand. The fourth one stood up when it was his turn and just stared at me. Each question I asked was met with a stare. I finally told him to sit down and he continued to stare at me. It wasn’t until I told him to sit in Spanish that he sat. Yeah, he didn’t have a clue what was going on either. The girl sitting next to him, though, was raising her hand excitedly. So I was sure she knew what was going on. It was her turn, so I called on her and asked her what she learned about soil. She responded, with a very clear voice – “Cake.” She had this big smile, like she was sure it was the right answer. I barely restrained my laughter. I asked her a clarifying question and she responded, in the same very clear certain voice- “Yes. Cake.” I don’t know how I didn’t laugh as I told her to sit back down. But I laughed about it a lot later over my daily glass *bottle* of wine.
It sounds like things are getting better – and in some ways they are. In some respects, I’m just learning to accept hell. And while I continue to eat very little, my consumption of wine has increased quite a lot. A bonus? I’m trying out lots of different kinds of Moscato and I think I may have found the perfect bottle for me 🙂
Like I said above, I’ve decided that I have to fill my life with as much of the things I love as I can, since I hate my job and that’s not likely to change while I’m teaching Kinder (so until I get fired, quit, or May 2016 – whichever comes first). I’ve been reading a lot more – finished a book this week and am working on another one. I’m trying to blog more – I had one review post this past week and hope to have a least two this week. I even replied to comments! It’s a work in progress, but I’m getting there. I also started taking steps to go to BEA 2016 in Chicago and have officially booked a hotel room. It’s only the first step and one that’s easily reversed if things don’t work out. But I feel so good thinking I’m going to be gone for a week in May, doing what I love. I’m going to request the days off in the next month so that I know if they’ll make a big deal about it or not. I don’t think they will honestly. A sub for my room will even be easy, since I’ve had a sub working with my class on and off since week 1.
My diet is pretty unchanged. I drink a glass of milk with a granola bar for breakfast. I have a protein shake (Ensure or Boost for lunch) and I’ve been managing to eat a light dinner. Usually a Lean cuisine or some edameme with deli meat. And wine. I drink at least a glass a day lately. It just helps shut my brain down and turn off those songs!
As for exercise, I’m still not working out – but I am getting in at least 10k steps daily. My top day last week was 13k steps I believe. Except the weekend. I’m so lazy on Saturdays! I slept until 12:30 yesterday and I think I got in like 1,000 steps. I’m just so worn out by time Saturday comes – I always have plans to get work done so I can be lazy on Sunday, but even if I manage to do some work, I don’t manage much because I just need to be a vegetable for a day. Back to work Sunday though…
Last Week on the Blog
- [6 Sep] Sunday Post | An update from Purgatory?
- [6 Sep] Is it really over?! | #COYER Scavenger Hunt Wrap Up
- [7 Sep] Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn ★★★★½
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Hoping to have 3 reviews this week (I have TONS written that I need to share).
I will defintely (if I don’t screw up) have Kissed by Fire by Danielle Annett, since I’m part of that blog tour on 9/15.
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