Thank God the weekend is here! I had another rough day at work yesterday. The two new kids that were the worst of the bunch did better yesterday but the class still gave me major grief and I was totally sick of them by the time the bell rang. I’m getting better with them… I think… but it was still enough to have me pulling my hair out. One of the new girls was being such a pain in the butt that she actually got one of the kids I’ve had for a couple weeks into a push and shove with her. She’s big, sassy, and annoying and she bounces off the walls the entire time. “W” is this sweet little boy who stands about 4’10” and couldn’t weigh over 80 pounds soaking wet. That’s the thing with middle school. The way they grow is so strange. Here’s this big, brassy girl who stands at least a foot taller than “W” and outweighs him by at least 100 pounds and she’s taunting him and messing with him until he just loses it! He’s been quiet as a little mouse the entire time I’ve had him, I sit down at a table to help another group of kids, and the next thing I know, W and Brassy Ass are yelling, cursing, shoving each other and ready to come to blows. I actually had to get between them and restrain W to keep him from wading into her. She probably would have knocked his lights out. I’m learning, though. I’m working on them. I changed the seating arrangement yesterday to break up some of the more obnoxious groups. It helped. I thought the table where I assigned W and Brassy Butt would work out pretty well. Quiet little W, two average kids, and Brassy. Obviously, I still need to do a bit of fine tuning on the seating arrangement. I discovered that the entire class is quiet and focused when I have them do practice a keyboarding program the first ten minutes of class. They do this every day for ten minutes while I take attendance and deal with daily stuff. I’m beginning to think I should just let them play the keyboarding game for the entire time. If I could do that for the rest of the year, I might survive. (sigh) If anyone is interested, you can find the keyboarding game at http://www.popcap.com/games/free/typershark
I’m hoping to catch up on some blogs today. The weekend isn’t too bad. Not a lot going on but, right now, I’ve got to get a shower and go get my hair cut.