Sunday Post | Ughhh!

January 15, 2017 Sunday Post 36

Sunday Post

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News at Home – Ughhh!

Well my week got off to a rocky start 🙁 School went fine on Monday, though I had to go in pretty early to get ready for the day… that was the consequence of not working late Friday or going in on Saturday. I also had to stay a bit late on Monday trying to get literacy stations setup. And as a result I was super tired on my way home. I had to stop at the store to buy something for literacy stations the next day, so I made a detour on an unfamiliar road. Apparently it was a speed trap. Because it certainly felt like a 40-45 road. I didn’t see a sign. But apparently the speed limit was 35. And I was going 42. Grr! Yeah, you got it. I got a speeding ticket. I respect cops to know end, but I get so irritated at stupid speeding tickets. I haven’t had one in 14 years (geez that makes me sound old) but I often watch as people fly by me and wonder why they aren’t getting tickets. And then I get one for going jut 7 over the speed limit. Seven!! I just really feel it’s a waste of resources, when you think about all the places cops could be used. But I know they use it to generate revenue for the city. Too bad they can’t find a way besides speed traps 🙁

My week didn’t really improve. Tuesday was book club and it was the bright light in a rough week. There were 4 birthdays in my class this week which meant lots of cupcakes and hyper kids. *sigh* I felt like I was fighting an uphill battle all week behavior-wise. Thursday one of my most difficult kids was at an all time bad level. He left the school at dismissal screaming so loudly you could hear him through doors and hallways away. That was my ENTIRE day with him.

But I started Friday off ready to ignore what happened all week. It was awards day and the kids had earned a Banana Split party for knowing their letters. I stopped at Walmart on my way to work and bought the fixings for banana splits. The day started going downhill when I got a note, first thing, from a parent asking me to keep a better eye on their son when using scissors because he cut his shirt. Sure! I have time to stand over your child while they cut – nevermind the 21 other kids in my class. After all, it’s not as if I have given them strict rules for how to use scissors! Pfft! Guess who no longer gets to use scissors? His son!

Well then my student teacher showed up. *sigh* I had forgotten I was getting a student teacher. I wasn’t supposed to but the teacher she was going to work with is out with breast cancer so she’s working with me instead. She emailed over Christmas break asking if she could work with me. What was I going to say? “No, it’s such a distraction for the kids to have someone else in the room and I’m still a new teacher.” Of course not! So I have a student teacher – a kid from high school who wants to be a teacher after college. And I’m going to have to give my kids a BIG talking to. They keep trying to visit with her, stop randomly and hug her and hold her hand! I have no problem with them being affectionate, but not instead of following rules. While walking down the hallway is not the time to give hugs or talk. You are 5 and 6 years old. You don’t need to hold her hand. And I probably need to talk to her about making sure she’s encouraging them to follow rules. *sigh* sucks. I was thankful to have her there though because she was a great help for the banana split party, helping with dishing up the ice cream and such.

But then the dad who wrote me the note about his son cutting his shirt showed up to the banana split party – parents are welcome on award days – and of course I had a couple kids not behaving. Of course I dealt with it. And OF COURSE he felt that having 2 kids misbehave (out of 22!) was an opening for him to let me know I’m not doing my job as a teacher. Clearly I don’t know what I’m doing! Y’all I was so furious I don’t know how I kept myself from going off on him. But after dismissal I left in a fury and close to tears. I was like, “why stay and get ready for next week? Why the FUCK am I trying so hard, giving your child an effin banana split reward party? Take your child who is so ANNOYING BTW and go to a private school where the teachers don’t have 22 kids!” Parents like him just irritate me to no end. They have NO CLUE what is involved in the job we do and they sure as heck couldn’t do it, seeing as their kids are always the worst behaved. And they don’t get that the patience we have for their child goes down when parents treat us this way.

Anyway… because I had to get out of their Friday I went in Saturday to get ready for next week, because angry as I was, I still do care. I’m doing this for the kids, not the parents. And I know my principal will back me up if need be. But gah, I am so happy we’re off Monday!

Blog News

I fell a little behind on my blogging this week, due to the stress and I’m not a week ahead anymore. But hopefully with Monday I’ll manage to catch back up.

#FitReaders Update

After getting my ticket I was tired and didn’t feel like cooking when I got home. So I grabbed taco bell. About as bad as it gets. *sigh* Never said I wasn’t a mood eater! But I felt better not having to cook and had eaten so well all day, it actually only put me 300 calories over for the day!

Tuesday was book club, so I didn’t eat too well for dinner Tuesday either.

I had 3 days of cupcakes for birthday parties this week…

And we went out to dinner on Friday night. *sigh* not my best eating week.

As for working out – I did good Monday through Wednesday. But Thursday I woke up in so much pain in my knee and foot (right side) that I used my workout time to do deep stretches. If I hadn’t, I’m not sure I would have made it through the day. Friday I had to leave super early to go shopping for banana split supplies, so no time to workout.

Here’s hoping I have a much better week next week!

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36 Responses to “Sunday Post | Ughhh!”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Ooo-boy! You did have a rough week. BTW, I can’t believe you got a ticket for 7 over…that’s not natural. You’re supposed to have a buffer of 9! I don’t mean to make light of it but truly, I grew up driving there and I still drive about 7 over because that’s acceptable in Texas. My kids tell others that I speed “a little because she’s from Texas”. LOL I’m sorry you’re having classroom issues and parent issues. That sucks and you’re absolutely right in that that dad couldn’t do what you do. Grrr! I’m proud of you for maintaining decorum with him…I’ve said many times that I couldn’t be a teacher these days because I wouldn’t put up with the parents. :/ And honey, you *know* you’re doing what you’re meant to do! I’ll shout that from the rooftops!!
    Don’t be hard on yourself for eating/exercising/blogging setbacks. Just get back on the horse. (ha! I’m from Texas!)
    Sending you {{{SUPER BIG HUGS}}} and hoping last week was better…and that this week is even more so!
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    • Berls

      Right?! I couldn’t believe it! 7 over is obviously a speed trap. What kills me is that when the cop asked why I was going 42, I was like I thought the speed limit was 40. He said, “well then 42 is still speeding, isn’t it?” WTF?! I got unlucky. Oh well, trying to brush it off and move on with life. I’ve got plenty of other things to stress about! Like dumb parents and frustrating kids. I think January 2017 is just a bad month and I’m going to just try and race to February!

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Oh geez, what a week. That’s so lame on the speeding ticket. And that father who went off on you… so uncalled for and out of line! *sigh* My fingers are crossed that this week has been infinitely better, Berls! I was out of town last weekend and skipped The Sunday Post completely. I was busy doing other stuff and plus it’s a pain trying to do the post from my iPad so I just skipped it. (Such a rebel! LOL)
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    • Berls

      It was a better week – not infinitely, but better. We’ll take what we can get right? Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

  3. La La in the Library

    Forget about that parent! I am amazed at all you do, BY YOURSELF, with 21 kindergarteners! Geesh, I am tired just thinking about it. I think you are doing well on your fitness, too. I always give myself winter “guidelines” like doing the front hall stairs 12 times if it’s too nasty out to walk, and not putting full fat dressing on my salads, and doing wall pushouts. Ha ha. I have done none of these. I hope you are having a much better week. <3
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    • Berls

      Thanks La la 🙂 It’s tough sometimes to remember that I love what I do – when faced with difficult parents! I need to forget them and focus on the kids… the ones that do good obeying LOL!

  4. Jared

    Good lord that sounds like a tough week. I now feel sorry for all of my past teachers. Dealing with parents must be terrible.

  5. Lola

    Sorry to hear you had such a rough week! I do think you’re right that parents don’t know what’s involved with teaching, in fact your posts really have opened my eyes as to what’s involved in the job. It’s a side you rarely hear about. That’s nice you threw the banana split party for your kids. I hope next week is a better one.
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    • Berls

      Thanks! You’re so right – people rarely hear what all is actually involved with being a teacher… and I share such a small part of my job. There’s a lot that I just don’t want to bore y’all with. It’s a much bigger job than we get credit for (or paid for really)!
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  6. Lexxie

    {{{BIG HUGS}}} Berls! I wonder if I would be able to keep my calm in front of a parent like that one! And why on earth are parents allowed at all in the classroom during the day? I don’t get that.
    I hope your student teacher will understand that the rules are there for a reason, and that she needs to follow them as well 😀
    I hope this week is a wonderful week, and that you get some good books read, as well as time to relax and eat healthy food xoxo
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    • Berls

      I know, I really wish we didn’t allow parents in! It was because it was awards day – next time they earn a reward party, I’m going to make a point of making sure it’s at a time that they parents can’t come in.

      My student teacher is doing better, not talking with the kids and babying them. And she seemed to get it, without me having to talk to her, so that’s a bonus! I hate having those kinds of conversations.

      I did get to read some great books – though the week still wasn’t great, it was better!! HUGS 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!
      Berls recently posted…It’s Monday! What I’m Reading January 23, 2017My Profile

  7. Kathy

    Sorry to hear you had a bad day. I hate that parent for telling you your not doing your job. Teaching is the hardest profession and he should just back off. I hope you don’t let him upset you anymore because you are doing great (and sacrificing so much of your time to get class ready). I hope you enjoy Monday off and have a better week!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Kathy! Thankfully just giving myself some space got me over it – I love what I do and just need to ignore parents who don’t get that this job is hard. I’ll just keep doing my best 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  8. Laura Thomas

    The school should send the parents letters stating you aren’t allowed to give special attention to one child. Sounds like this parent wouldn’t be happy no matter what you did. I’m with you about the speeding ticket. I have people blow past me in no passing zones and weave all over the road while texting and never see them get pulled over. If I did that, Bazinga! A big fat ticket. Sorry about the bad week, Berls. Hang in there and enjoy having Monday off.
    Laura Thomas recently posted…What’s New On My Bookshelf #190 and The Sunday PostMy Profile

    • Berls

      Thanks Laura 🙂 Yes! If only teaching weren’t so political and we COULD put parents in their place. Oh well, I’ll just get back to it and try to ignore the haters.

      Have a great week!

  9. Stormi Johnson

    Oh wow, sorry you had such a bad week. Two kids misbehave out of 22 is not bad, I don’t see how you do it. I only do ever other month as a helper in children’s church and we have the 6 and 7 years old and I want to kill them all on a regular basis as they are so loud and annoying and always acting up. GAH! It’s why I don’t have kids. I don’t think I could do it…lol. *hugs* Hope you have a great day off on Monday and get caught up a bit on your blog. 🙂

    Happy reading!
    Stormi oxox
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    • Berls

      That’s what I figured but for some parents, no matter what I do, it’ll never be enough. I guess I just need to realize that and not let them get to me. Gotta build up that thick skin!

      LOL I know they can be a major pain 😉 I just love them to pieces most the time though.

      Have a great week Stormi!! xoxo

  10. Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

    Sorry you had to go through that. I hate it when parents keep on complaining to you about not teaching their child correctly when there’s a dozen other kids that need attention too. It’s like only their children matter in school when in reality teachers need to teach all the children and give attention to each child. I hope the rest of week goes well for you.
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    • Berls

      Thanks – I’m glad to see so many people here get “it”! It’s so frustrating, but I guess I just have to get used to it and just keep giving my all for the kids. That’s the reason I do this anywya,right?

      Have a great week!

  11. Carol Conley

    Speed traps, shitty parents and cupcakes galore, OH MY! I hope this week is calmer and never ever forget that we think you’re a fantastic teacher who cares about her kids and any parent that wants to share their unasked for opinion can stick it right up their unlubed ass. In fact, I’ll come help them with that. Just say the word. *pushes sleeves up*

    • Berls

      I’d love to sick you on him! LOL! Thanks for the vote of confidence – it definitely shook me a bit but with some space I’ve had time to remember that I do this for the kids, not their ungrateful parents. *sigh* Next week WILL be better! Hugs!!

    • Berls

      So true! I get that for them, the only kid that matters is there’s, but I can’t act that way. I’ve got a class full and I have to take care of them all the best I can. *sigh* I love what I do, I just need to remember that when the haters hate! Have a great week!

  12. Greg

    Ugh I hate speed traps, especially on out of the way roads. Those are so many busy roads that need watching with people going 60 in a 45 or something lol. I’m with you! And I sympathize on the sugared up kids! Maybe they should ban the bday parties- let the kids celebrate at home lol. I’m a killjoy. 🙂

    That guy sounds like a jerk. I have tremendous respect for you and other teachers who put up with that crap. I would be fuming ha ha. Maybe he should teach his brat kid how to use scissors (or not use them) lol!

    Anyway hope you have a great week!!
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    • Berls

      LOL Oh I wanted to let him know how much it was his problem, not mine, that his kid cut his shirt. I have rules and one of them is that we DO NOT cut our clothes. So if he could just teach his kid to obey the rules, we’d have no problem.

      The speed trap ticked me off so bad – I never speed! Why me when there’s so many constant speeders out there? Oh well, next week has to be better, right?! Hope you have a great week 🙂

  13. Melanie Simmons

    I would so think that parents would be the worst part of your job. Either because they let their kids get away with murder at home or because they do exactly what this father did. I’m a mood eater too. Also a boredom eater too. Taking a day to stretch was a great idea. Most of us don’t stretch enough. I know I don’t. I hope this week is a better week. 🙂
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    • Berls

      Yeah, parents are SO the worst part. I like kids, can’t stand most adults. But I’m really lucky in my parents this year really, this is the first bad one. I just need to take a breath and ignore the hate.

      OMG stress eating is my weakness, so this week sucked. But the stretching was definitely good – I needed it and am glad I listened to my body.

      Have a great week, hoping for a much better one here!

  14. Kathryn Trask

    That father deserved ice cream and banana split thrown at him for sure. Parents can be right ***holes and you get them everywhere. The ones who think you are a personal nanny to their kid only. Do hope this coming week will be better. I so relate to all the school things you share – so real and tough and so rewarding when it all clicks together. Yes don’t let the student teacher be a friend to the kids and undo all your hard work. If she is going to be a professional she needs to start now.
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    • Berls

      Oh now that would have been wonderful 🙂 I hope its better too – almost HAS to be, right?

      I hate that I have to talk to the student teacher, but you’re so right, she’s got to learn how to show the kids she cares without being their friend and undermining my work to teach them independence and how to follow rules. *sigh* this is why I so didn’t want a student teacher.

      Oh well, I can do it 🙂 Positive thoughts! Have a great week!

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