I give up. I’m saying “Uncle!” I’ve decided to talk to the 7th grade counselor today and see if I can get a couple of the wild ones taken out of my class. Yesterday was a total fiasco and I came home totally exhausted and stressed out. This is the first time in my career that I’ve had to call it quits with a class and try to get kids taken out of it. I’m getting some consolation from the fact that I had seven kids added to my class more than two weeks after the trimester started because their other teachers couldn’t deal with them. Still, it has the taste of defeat. I spent the entire period yesterday dealing with one act of stupidity after another. To top it off, I had decided to just let them make posters about internet safety. I mean, really, how bad can it get when all they have to do is sit at the table and draw on posterboard?
“Keep your hands to yourself, don’t touch her!”
“DO NOT break all the crayons!”
“Get OFF the floor and out from under the table!”
It was a constant stream of:
“He took my pencil!”
She called me a fag!”
“He tore my poster!”
“He STINKS! I don’t want to sit by him!”
“She called me a “HO”!
“Why do we have to do this?”
“Oh GROSS! He FARTED!”
By the time they left, I felt like I’d been run over by a herd of cattle. Write it down. March 27th, 2009, Mrs. R gives up. I want some of these ankle biters removed from my class. Now. Today!
On a lighter note, I just have to make it one more day. DH is in bed. He called in sick. I suspect he’s not sick after all but just wanting to get things in order today because the twins announced that they want to go with us and we had already decided not to take the RV so he probably needs to get it ready. I’ll probably be calling him all day to tell him to get stuff because I was so whipped yesterday evening I didn’t do a thing to get packed.
4:20 - Whoo Hooo! I am so outa here! The school was totally out of control today. More fights than I’ve ever seen. It was so bad they made an announcement that we were not to let kids out of class for any reason. Surprisingly, my students were good today. Of course, J and Brassy were both absent today and they’re the worst of the bunch. Without them, the rest of the group were pretty good. Even so, I’m ready for a break.
Thanks for all the good wishes, chickies! I’m off to Florida to ride the lawnmower with an MP3 glued to my head. Can’t get the internet down in the boonies but I’ll probably go uptown and log in at least a couple of times. Have a WONDERFUL week! I know I will!
10:30 - Pulled over for the night in a Walmart parking lot just a few miles before Chattanooga. We’re right next to a Greek restaurant. DH walked over and got me a cup of strong Greek coffee and a piece of baklava. Heaven!
It was a pretty drive through the mountains. Lots of waterfalls, red buds, and magnolias. We saw some yellow magnolias in bloom that were breathtaking. I’ve gotta get one of those! The boys are having fun in Wally World and DH has raised the satellite and is watching the U of L game. I picked up a wireless signal from a nearby Panera. Really…we’re so spoiled!