>Snowy days and Mondays

>Omens that foretell a challenging week ahead:

  • the entire class talks through the announcement about “snow rules” on the playground
  • the special ed teacher for emotional/behaviorally challenged students is off to a training seminar
  • the school counselor is off to the same training seminar
  • the school principal is also off to the same training seminar
  • Little Jenny comes up and says, “I’m so tired I could fall asleep at my desk.”
  • Little Johnny has a note from his mom proclaiming that he didn’t get any help with his math
  • the class quiets down briefly to listen to the new read-aloud book by an award-winning author, long enough to hear dialogue that includes the word “Hell”
  • two students are absent: a different two from those that were absent last Friday
  • at least four teachers are out sick
  • the sub who “didn’t help” little Johnny with his math confirms that the kid lied through his teeth
  • the undiagnosed ADHD child keeps interrupting
  • his diagnosed but unmedicated friend joins in
  • Later on, little Jenny points out, “I’m still yawning all the time!”
  • the class seems to be having a squeaking contest in the hall with their wet boots after lunch recess
  • Little Johnny announces that he didn’t “get it” the first time fractions were taught, either.
  • Georgie Porgie gets in trouble for throwing snowballs at recess, and then wonders why I hounded him to listen to announcements.
  • Behaviorally challenged child tries to leave science class three times to use the bathroom. I let him go once, stop him twice, and hope he doesn’t really need it again.
  • Little Jenny again shares, “I think I’m going to fall asleep.”
  • I say, “I’ll wake you when the bell rings.”
  • She replies,”Good luck. I’m a sound sleeper.”

So am I. Good night! It’s been a long week already, and tomorrow’s only Tuesday.

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  1. >Oh, Geez. That’s a tough start. Better you than me. I don’t have that much patience. Initially, I went to college to be a secondary education teacher, but then I realized I couldn’t tolerate apathy. Not a very good trait for a teacher.

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