Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Random Encounters of the Educational Kind

I was making copies in the school office and gathering my things to go back to my room when I saw a woman come in holding an animal in a blanket. The secretaries and others gathered around, so they must have known her. She started unwrapping the blanket, and as I thought oh, no, here go my allergies the cutest little baby wallaby poked its adorable head out to say hello. At first glance I thought it was a llama, but at second glance there was no doubt. If it wasn't a wallby, it was a kangaroo, and those aren't very likely in this area!

Two kids came in from recess today and showed me bruises they'd gotten in an encounter with another classmate. They also mentioned a number of times when their "friend" had bullied kids verbally, teasing them and putting them down. I took my concern to the principal after school and we'll deal with it. ASAP, if not sooner.

I was teaching math (trying) when one student kept getting out of her seat, coming up to me, and tapping my arm to ask for help. I continually sent her back to her seat, but she didn't stop. finally, I simply ignored her completely unless she was in her seat with her hand up. She just couldn't master the concept that there are lots of kids in the class, and she can't have one on one with the teacher in mid-lesson.

Can my students be "Wordless" on Wednesday? Just once? Please? I just checked the calendar, and the full moon isn't due for two weeks. So what's with the constant talk-talk-talka-talka-talktalktalktalktalk?!!!

I'd pound my head on the wall in frustration, but the only thing I'd accomplish would be a sore head. I think I'll have some M&Ms instead.


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Blogger motherbumper said...

I thought I had a difficult day - not even close - you win!

M&Ms sound well earned. I wish you a Wordless Wednesday sometime soon.

2/06/2008 5:19 PM  
Blogger Day Dreamer said...

Oh M&M's always help!

I once thought that secondary math ed would be for me. Ha. I don't like other peoples kids too much. That's awful, I know. I may love a bunch of them. But liking them? Pahlease...

I'm thinking a big bag of M&M's for you!

2/06/2008 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With your day, I think you could break into the heavy-duty, expensive chocolate...

2/06/2008 10:20 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

I'd just like a bickering-less Wednesday. Or any other day. Oh god my head is in agony from the fighting.

Good on you for confronting the bullying!

2/06/2008 10:38 PM  
Blogger Karly said...

M&Ms sound like a good plan!

2/07/2008 8:37 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

I volunteer in a fourth grade class on Thursday afternoons and I was just thinking how pleasant it is that I get to come in for just a couple of hours, smile at the kids, make cool stuff for the teacher, then leave. And how cool it is that I'm no longer teaching my own children. I wish you well with the bullying situation. What's policy concerning that, if you haven't seen it happen? Does that matter?

2/07/2008 6:03 PM  

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