I’m sitting at my desk on a quiet Friday morning thinking about this past week and the whole week we still have ahead. For anyone who teaches knows that this time of year is almost as bad as the end of the year. Kids are INSANE.
I have an amazing class this year, so I hate to sit here and complain but even the best kids can have off weeks and man, I feel like when one kid has an off week they all do.
Monday I started the week off with a bang by having 3 criers by 9:00! (School starts at 8….) I honestly don’t even remember why they were crying. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know if I even knew why they were crying during that moment. The rest of the day was filled with lots of talking and very little academics.
(Side note, I had a pretty bad class last year so I can handle the talking but some days it’s too much!)
I was so exhausted by the end of Monday, MONDAY, that I took Tuesday off to sleep and try to calm myself.
Wednesday was so much better. They all were trying to be super quiet for me because they knew I was sick the day before. (It also helped that the sub I had was pretty hard on them so they were grateful to have me back! Best teacher hack ever!) Thursday, however was a repeat of Monday. It took us twice as long to do almost everything. I had kids hiding in the bathroom for 15 minutes thinking they were being “clever” and I wouldn’t notice. I had a girl get sent to the office because her and another boy got into a fist fight at recess (they’re 3rd graders…..). I had a girl break down crying because she didn’t know her x2 facts. To top it all off, the day ended with multiple parent emails with concerns about a variety of topics I didn’t even know about until they sent me their messages.
So, as I sit here on a Friday morning at 7:25 waiting for the kiddos to come and this day to begin, all I can think about is how we still have 1 more full week of this madness before Christmas break is finally here and wondering how in the world we are going to make it there.
For all of you teachers out there feeling the same way, I salute you and wish you the best of luck this week. As impossible as it may seem, we got this!