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October 9, 2016 Sunday Post 22

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OMG y’all did that week really just happen? I feel like I didn’t accomplish a damn thing at school this week. It was just hectic, the whole week. And I was less organized than I like to be. And bam! It was over.

On Monday… we had a police officer come talk to the kids. I love that we expose them to careers and also teach them about respect for officers. And she had some great messages for them about stranger danger and gun safety. But those thirty minutes with her threw my whole day off. So when Tuesday started we were behind already. But I came ready to play catch up.

On Tuesday… one of my co-workers had to call in sick. And no sub picked up her class. Which meant I had 6 extra kids in my class. Oh and while I was getting those kids added, the secretary brought me a brand new student for my class. Who may speak 3 words of English now, but didn’t on Tuesday. Seriously. Not one. She’s a sweetheart though and super smart. But when 9:30 rolled around and we were where we usually are at oh 8:15. I had to accept that Tuesday we would not catch up. And we didn’t. Not even close.

On Wednesday… Oh this was the day that when I went to pick my kids up from Music, the Music substitute looked like she was about to cry. They were HORRIBLE for her. When I brought them back to the class and had them tell me what they did – not someone else in the class, but them – I was appalled and embarrassed. Let’s see, it ranged from talking when the teacher was talking, to playing ring-around-the-rosie, turning on the radio, running around, fighting, breaking another student’s necklace and purposefully tripping the sub. I couldn’t believe it. Some of my best kids were HORRIBLE. I guess kids will always test their limits. I do believe they learned that testing me will never go the way they want… So instead of a regular lesson we had 1- confession, where I found out all their horrible deeds; 2 – my disappointment/respect for ALL teachers speech, including frown faces in every single folder and an email we composed together for their parents; 3 – an impromptu lesson on how to write a sorry note; and 4 – delivering said note to sub during her conference period. Then when we got done with all that it was recess time. Better believe we weren’t having recess. But no, we didn’t have time for our regular lesson either. So I created a quick Math lesson, and what do you know, that’s when I got a visitor to observe me. I have no idea how it went. *sigh* At the end of that day, I just left. I was just exhausted.

On Thursday… The previous 3 days had left me so disorganized and exhausted, I don’t even know what happened. Though I do know my crier was in full force. Oh yeah, I spent a decent amount of time responding to parents who were certain that their child was innocent from the day’s previous shenanigans. They wanted to tell me all about what other kids in the class did. Really? YOUR child told me what they did. No one else. I love your child, enough to hold them accountable and expect them to learn respect. And I know that tough love is essential at this age. No child is perfect. Except yours. Of course. *rolls eyes* I had someone tell me I looked tired. I felt it too.

On Friday… Fridays are always a shit storm honestly. We have PLC meetings instead of our regular schedule, which means we’re scrambling all morning. But it was raining this Friday, so we had indoor recess. Oh and it was awards day, which meant I had to give out awards for the first 6 weeks. Honestly, I think it’s too early for awards. I didn’t say a word about it to parents because I really was hoping they wouldn’t come. I mean, it took us like 10 minutes tops to give out all the awards. But I had 6 come. And 1 thought now would be the perfect time to have a parent-teacher conference. Um, yeah I have 5 other parents here and 20 kids to take care of. Can you schedule something please?

So after feeling like the week was just a disorganized mess I stayed until almost 8pm Friday just trying to clean up and organize for next week.

Despite all that and how exhausting this week was, I still absolutely LOVE my job. Those were my complaints, but I don’t want them to make you think for one second I had a bad week. Here’s the good:

One of my worst behavior kids – the one who tried to destroy our classroom a few weeks ago – had his best week yet. Three days in a row of doing what he was supposed to pretty much all day. He gave me a big hug Friday and told me he liked being good better. Yay! What a win!

Half our class become Top Bananas – able to identify 40 letters (capital or lowercase in random order) in under 2 minutes. Not easy y’all. It takes me a minute, 4 seconds. 10 more to go and we get to have our Banana Split Party!

And it was so fun watching my new student who can’t speak a word of English become part of our classroom. My kids are so great – despite their sub incident. I explained to them that she’s feeling pretty lost right now and doesn’t have any friends, so we needed to make her part of our family. And that’s all I had to say. Every time I turned around to check on her and make sure she wasn’t lost or confused, one of the kids was showing her how we do something. Taking her by the hand at recess to play. When I blew the whistle at recess I couldn’t find two of my kids… because they were busy finding her to make sure she didn’t get left behind. When she got lost in the cafeteria, the student I had assigned to help her out couldn’t get her to understand she had to go sit at our table. So she sat with her at the other table, so she wouldn’t get left behind or be alone.

I had a student withdraw this week because they have to move, but the mom came up to the school when they withdrew because her daughter insisted she had to say goodbye to me. She was crying and gave me a big hug saying that she was going to miss me and didn’t want to move. Her mom actually cried a bit too saying, “If I could find a way to keep her in your class I would, I never dreamed she’d love school so much and I know so much of that is because of you. I just hope she finds that in her new school.” I may have shed a few tears a bit too, she’s grown so much in the past 6 weeks and it sucks not to see her keep growing 🙁

So yeah, I had a crazy week. But I have the BEST JOB ON THE PLANET. Be jealous, it’s okay 😉

Blog News

Well.. in terms of blog ahead, I started out October behind. Instead of banking posts, I find myself scrambling to get this week’s done. However, I spent about an hour Friday night and all afternoon Saturday working on posts and I officially have the next week scheduled. So instead of the 0 posts I had, I know have 7! Of course those are all for October and don’t count in the long run. But, I figure if I do a post every day, plus blog away every weekend, I should get a great bank together.

#FitReaders Update

I had a training after school on Monday, so no gym Monday. And I had a meeting after school on Tuesday, so no gym Tuesday. But I made it to Zumba on Wednesday and Yoga on Thursday. On Friday I stayed late to get work done, so no gym Friday either. Of course, I always hit my 10k steps just from work, so I feel okay with that.

Food wise – I cooked healthy dinners on Monday and Wednesday… ate leftovers Tuesday and Friday. Thursday I went to bed without dinner. So tired. Overall, a good eating week.

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:

Sunday

Sunday Post | The best job on the planet

Monday

What I’m Reading October 10, 2016

Tuesday 

Top Ten Books I read because of another blogger

Wednesday 

Just a few HRs I read for book club… ages ago

Thursday

The Rogue You know by Shana Galen #review

Friday 

Profile by J.A. Huss #review

Saturday

Books from Kinderland | David Shannon

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22 Responses to “Sunday Post | The best job on the planet”

  1. Lark
    Twitter:

    Berls, you handled that Music sub situation perfectly. You got the kids to tell you what happened AND taught them about respect, owning up, and apologizing. You rock, woman! And the part about how your kids are looking after their new classmate had me in tears. All those good moments so far outweigh the bad. There are times when I really miss teaching. As you say, it’s the best job in the world.

    I hope this week is going well too, and that you’re getting time to go to the gym and read. Gotta take care of yourself!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lark! It really is the best job, isn’t it? I don’t think people can fully understand until they have a class of their own. I know I didn’t. This week is going well – I can’t believe tomorrow is Sunday already! Where does time go?

  2. Literary Feline (Wendy)

    I wish you were my daughter’s teacher. 🙂 I’m sorry it was such a bad week, but I am glad you came through on the other end still loving your job. I love the way you handled it with the class. What a great idea! Progress reports are coming out next week at my daughter’s school, and I’m thinking of requesting a sit down with the teacher. Just for my own peace of mind. Parent/Teacher conferences aren’t for another two months.

    I hope you are having a better week!
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    • Berls

      Awww thanks 🙂 oh wow, that’s a long time to wait for conferences! We actually just had ours this week. Even if the teacher can’t do a full conference, I bet you could do a phone conference. That would probably ease your mind. 🙂

  3. La La in the Library
    Twitter:

    I love reading about your school days! We had to move once in the middle of my son’s third grade year. His original teacher was wonderful and we went back to visit the last day of their school year, and when I saw the teacher, I cried like a baby! Ha ha. I hope you are having a calmer week this week. 🙂
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  4. Jen Twimom
    Twitter:

    I’m so proud of you! What a rough week. I just had a conversation with my 10 year old that she is to stop blaming others for when things don’t go her way. How she needs to be responsible for her actions. But most of all I constantly try to get her to understand that SHE HAS THE POWER… take control and own it. Don’t let her brother bug her, walk away, etc. My point – you are doing a great thing for those kids now and although we have to repeat the lesson over and over, hopefully we will end up with responsible, caring adults. *hugs*
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  5. Bookworm Brandee

    This post made me smile, Berls…well, I did roll my eyes over parents telling you their child couldn’t possibly have misbehaved. Whatever! I swear parents these days… If you don’t hold your child accountable, they never learn. Anyway, the rest was goodness with how well your kiddos responded to being held accountable. You’re making a difference…you can see it, can’t you? Despite getting behind and being exhausted, you’re making a difference and that’s awesome-sauce!
    I hope this week goes more smoothly and y’all can stay on track. Good luck! {{{hugs}}}
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  6. ShootingStarsMag

    Aw, that’s so sweet that your class is taking care of the new girl – especially since she doesn’t speak hardly any English. Sorry for such a crazy, rough week though. It’s nice that you still love your job and can find lots of great moments in the week too!

    -Lauren
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  7. Lola
    Twitter:

    Sounds like you had a bit of a crazy week at school. It’s always fun to read about your adventures teaching and the things your kids do now. That’s nice you thought them it wasn’t okay to mistreat that other teacher. Must be tough dealing with parents like that who think their kid is perfect. And it’s definitely a good sign that even with everything going on you still think it’s the best job on the world. And those good stories are wonderful with your kids helping that new kid.

    I am still doing some October as well and only managed to write 2 posts that count for Blog Ahead, but hey that’s better than nothing and I do most of my blogging the last week of the month, so I am hoping that will work again this time.

    I hope you’ll have a great week!
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    • Berls

      OMG parents! I love some of them, but mostly I’m a teacher because I’d rather deal with kids than adults 🙂 It is the best job – always hectic, but when I get to watch them grow and be so kind to one another, it just makes up for anything else.

    • Berls

      Lol honestly it wasn’t a bad week, just crazy. I think you have to be a little bit crazy to enjoy teaching Kinder – and I do 🙂

    • Berls

      The parents are honestly the hardest part of the job for me – I love teaching in part because I prefer kids to most adults. Seriously love my job, despite the crazy. I’ll definitely take that cookie though 🙂

  8. Tiffany
    Twitter:

    I’m sorry you had such a hectic week, but glad everything resolved itself. It sounds like you have K or 1st? What I love most about that age is they still respect adults enough to fell badly when they disappoint you. I’ve been in 5th for three years now, and those days are over. However, I love that they get my jokes, and you can begin to have real conversations with them. Love that they were kind to your new student. Sounds like a good bunch despite the sub incident. Hope you have a better week!
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    • Berls

      Yep, Kinder 🙂 I’ve heard many times it takes a special kind of crazy to teach Kinder – and it fits me perfectly so I guess I’m nuts 😉 there’s definitely pluses and minuses to each grade level – there are things I really enjoy about working with older kids – like you said, you can chat with them and they get it! But I love my kiddos, despite their sub behavior. *shakes head* I was stunned when I heard why they’d done! Anyway, have a great week 🙂

  9. Katherine
    Twitter:

    I’m tearing up a little over here reading about the kindness your students have shown to the new student and about the little girl who just had to say good bye. So much sweetness! As for bad days every kid has them and the problem with classroom settings is when 1 or 2 has a bad day it’s so easy to snowball. What you did sounds awesome! Love how you held them accountable and made them apologize. Hope next week is more productive and not quite as crazy! Have a great week!
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    • Berls

      I teared up a bit writing it – they really are so sweet most the time 🙂 i get random drive by hugs all day! I agree, kids will be kids and test their limits. Hopefully I just made one very clear to them and we won’t have this problem again! Have a great week 🙂

  10. Michelle
    Twitter:

    Just reading that I think I might need to take a nap. I am glad you are still loving it and kids are kids. We all have bad weeks. I hope this one will be better for you.

    I am glad you took the time to make sure the kids understood what they did and write an apology. That is so important at that age. They are learning great respect from you.

    I hope you have a fantastic week! Happy Reading! Miss you!
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    • Berls

      I sure hope they are! I think that’s one of the most important parts of my job, to teach them proper behavior and respect. Especially since they get less and less of that instruction at home these days. Yeah, I was tired this week, but love my kids!! Miss your face {{Hugs}}

  11. Greg

    Tripping the sub? Man those kids are a tough crowd! I’m joking, but yeah the poor sub… I think it’s great you had them give her an apology note. I can see where you’d be exhausted though, what a day. Is there anything harder than herding a bunch of kids??

    That’s so nice though about the kid who likes being good better. Sounds like a win! And the kids taking in the new girl… nice. I hope your new week isa little less hectic but just as rewarding. Oh and happy reading too! 🙂
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    • Berls

      I was stunned when I heard what they’d done… Normally good kids just lost control! Hopefully my lesson sunk in and we won’t have that happen again. And overall they really are great kids – I’m sure I’ll have another great, but hectic week. That seems to be the definition of Kinder teacher! Lol!

      Have a great week and happy reading!

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