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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 😉
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.
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
- [2 Oct] Sunday Post | Teacher of the Month
- [3 Oct] What I’m Reading October 3, 2016
- [4 Oct] Top Ten Villains #TTT
- [5 Oct] Sugar Daddy by ★★★★★
- [6 Oct] What unimportant elements draw you to a book?
- [7 Oct] Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep ★★★★★
- [8 Oct] My TBR List | October 2016 Results
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | The best job on the planet
What I’m Reading October 10, 2016
Top Ten Books I read because of another blogger
Just a few HRs I read for book club… ages ago
The Rogue You know by Shana Galen #review
Profile by J.A. Huss #review
Books from Kinderland | David Shannon
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