This morning, a boy delivered this awesome map that a parent at my school blew up for me on his architectural printer… it was beautiful. I enjoyed it for 90 minutes until a certain child, in his haste .. to do whatever, spilled it out of the tube, and pushed it out of the way and crumpled it. I yelled. I definitely yelled.. when I discovered it. Even now, my blood starts to race a little. He denied doing it. But later when I approached him and asked him to iron it, he said he would. And later-later, when I asked him how.. he told me it was an accident. The closest admission of guilt I’ll get.
This morning I opened a box from Amazon. Amazon usually never fails me. I got supplies through DonorsChoose! And I was excited! Was going to put everything away for our art project. Unfortunately, the spackle had cracked and gotten all over everything and so I spent the morning cleaning off my hands and jacket.
I found this in my pocket when I got home. *sigh* I have such big pockets. Pens, post-its, and pokemon cards. All in my left pocket. I leave my right pocket for my car keys, cell phone, and apparently, a crumpled up receipt. There was a hole in that pocket, and I sewed it up. Unfortunately, I forgot to check if anything fell through that hole. I now have 1 binder clip, 1 plasticky thing, and 1 paperclip sewn into the lining of my jacket…
The boy who wrote this (yesterday morning) had a GREAT day today. We finally had a conversation with his mom yesterday. Good thing I didn’t find the note he wrote me until today… lol. (Aside: I sent him out to write an explanation of his feelings with an aide. Now, I understand the need to help a child get out his feelings, but REALLY? As the adult, you couldn’t steer him to see beyond himself? smh). He was upset on Monday because he couldn’t find his rough draft. I suggested that maybe I misplaced it. Then when we really couldn’t find it, he felt that I only cared about myself and that I hid the essay from him. (His words, obvi). Honestly though, it must be so hard to be him.
To you this might look like a normal chair. It did to me too. At the end of the day, I sat down so that I could do some mini-grading. As soon as I sat, there was this weird sound – like velcro. And when I got up, I realized that yes, some sticky substance was now on my butt.. because a bunch of sticky stuff was all over the chair. Great.
But honestly. Today was a GREAT day. Besides the incident in the morning (what do you do about a kid who is extremely difficult and pretty smart? Nothing much since their parents think that it’s your fault anyway. Oh well!) where I yelled, things were really smooth. Thursdays are my favorites because they have dance in the morning and they come in really ready!
It’s kind of funny because our behavioral specialist came in to observe some of my kids at my request…. and everyone was SO WELL BEHAVED that… nothing stuck out. Go figure.
Some memorable moments from this week:
-C sidles up to me and I lean in so that I can hear him, “Ms. Kim, word in the halls is that you have some pencils up front?” LOLLL
-I had a great convo with a parent who is now agreeing to get my student tested. (Previously – very adversed to anything that might apply to special ed).
-When kids were getting in line, one girl punched another girl and then went, “Oops!” and looked at me. Baby steps! I told her she had to hold my hand. Then we walked down the halls, while I held her hand. Usually in elementary school, you know a kid’s in trouble when they’re holding the teacher’s hand. But this was a super big victory because in the beginning of the year, she wouldn’t even let me TOUCH her. And I think she felt giggly about it. This girl makes my day… the most stoic, ornery, stubborn, little feather of a girl… she’s basically a cranky grandma in a little girl body. I love her so much.
-For some reason, one of my very bright girls has started to complain a lot but as a joke. She gave me a backhug and I said with a straight face, “That better not be XX,” which then made another girl and another boy come over to do a group hug.
-Speaking of hugs, I got a few random ones today. and I am NOT a hugger.
-R ran out to recess with a fart noise maker. I was just super proud and impressed that he waited until recess to pull it out!! He has been spending most of his recesses chasing people around with the fart noise maker.
-T kept trying out jokes on me from her new book from the library. I told her that if I didn’t laugh, she’d get in big trouble. She kept trying to give me jokes. I kept not laughing and frowning more. I had a good time.
-4th and 5th graders LOVE getting excited about history and reading and etc. It’s really sweet. There are definitely sweet moments.
– One boy hugged another boy with this deep, loving, eye-closed embrace ….. because the second boy was about to get a video game and the first boy was SO happy for him. They’re my two loudest boys, but I couldn’t get them to be quiet in the halls because I was cracking up, because it was just so sweet (and ridiculous). The second boy has a hard time getting along with people, so my heart was just warmed up to see the first boy hug him.
– OMG. A BOY BROUGHT ME DAFFODILS AND I LEFT THEM AT SCHOOL!!!!!
I’ve also had this pimple for a week now. It’s horrendous. It’s like all the pimples of the year decided to band together to become one pimplón. It’s ginormous. You can see it on my snapchat.