So yesterday I was at a Region 4 training to learn about classroom management. I would have to say that it was a bit of a let down. I don’t feel that they helped educate me on solutions to problems. They told us how to make an action plan, but the spreadsheet they gave us to make it on was difficult to follow and understand. The presenter was pretty good, he is still working in different classrooms with behavioral problem children so he did know what he was talking about. He made sure that we knew he is still in the classroom, which helped make him credible, so I understand why he did it. The biggest downfall of the training was this woman who was sitting at the same table as me. She was just so negative, and she talked through the whole thing. Every time that we had a moment to discuss she would dominate the conversation and pretty much deny our experiences with student behavior. If I was at a different table I probably would have had a much better time… 😦
So Open House was last night, and for the most part, it was a huge waste of time. I had 4 parents show up: one was in my intervention class that I only see for about 35-40 minutes a day, and the other three were angels. In middle school I don’t really see the point of having Open House twice a year.
So I think I finally figured out how I want to do this. I want to kind like my daily musings from Monday-Friday, which will be under the tag “A Day in the Life Of…”. Then for really bad days where I just want to complain or I’ll go insane will be under the tag “Ranting and Raving for Sanity”. Which I guess leaves the weekend for me to post reviews about educational websites that I’ve perused that will be under various different tags. I do also want to start doing some book reviews over the many teaching books that I’ve read (LOL) and I want to write out some lesson plans for activities that I’ve created.
Lots of ideas!
So today we were taking a practice STAAR test, and after we were finished we were just kind of stuck with the students. Which was awful. They didn’t want to be in the room any more. I didn’t want to be in the room anymore. But we’re all stuck together. So what evs.
I did get a chance to get out of the room a bit today for an ARD. That was actually a really good meeting. The parents were there, they were actually involved in the student’s educational career. They were educated about their child’s disability. They were awesome!
So overall a pretty good day.
If you don’t already know, my grandfather passed away on Friday. I’ve had many students and coworkers ask me how I’m doing during this time, and my go to response has just been “I’m here.” It’s not good, it’s not bad; but I’m here. I’m in the one place that makes me feel normal, where I have some semblance of control. It just is…
Friday was a difficult day at work, there was a school performance for Black History Month, so the classes were shortened, and the schedule was rearranged for some reason. Naturally the students hear this as “Hey, you shouldn’t be expected to do anything in your classes today, so just be wild and obnoxious”.
My first class that I had was being their normal selves, except for one kid who was being so worse than he usually is, and then he was refusing to go work in another teacher’s room, and I lost it with him. I yelled that my grandfather had died that morning and I didn’t have to be here, but that I was here because I just wanted something normal that day.
And the class goes silent.
And the kid starts to argue with me.
And the class starts to yell at him to just shut up and go.
And he starts to argue with the class.
And one of my other students gets up and pushes him out of the classroom and closes the door behind him.
I will forever be thankful to that kid who shall remain nameless, because I know he knows what loss is. A few years ago his father died suddenly, and now he pretends that his parents are just divorced, so that way the other boys don’t pick on him for not having a father.
Trust me, I am in no way comparing my loss to his, or my struggle with what he goes through everyday.
The point I’m trying to make is that loss unites us. Many of my coworkers have come and said nice things in the hall way, given me a hug, anything to let me know that they’re here for me, and I’ll appreciate that more than they could ever know.
And a special thank you to one of the teachers who started the same time I did and sent this wonderful email:
I wanted to tell you before, but I didn’t want you be reminded constantly. However, I’m sorry that you lost a loved one. That’s always hard. I’ll never feel exactly the same way you do now, but it was hard to lose my Nana in college. Just know that the healing will come in time and the memories will always be vivid. Enjoy remembering the good times 🙂
Bless your family,
So this is for you Teddy. You never gave up on me. You encouraged me every step of the way through school. You were so proud of me when I joined the long line of teachers that came from our family. I’m going to miss you so much, and I know one day I’ll see you again in Heaven, but for now I’m Here.
Harrell “Teddy” McRae
September 28, 1937 – February 24, 2017
With the Oscars being last night, I just wanted to make a post about my own little award that I earned recently:
This is a follow up to my Teachers Pay Teachers post. Today I made my first sale!!!!!
I’m so excited!!! I really needed a boost today, so thank you to whomever is the new proud owner of a Sampling Foldable!
If you want to check it out: