I was at the Alumni Association meeting last night so I missed the first twenty minutes of Survivor. I don't know if I missed anything exciting, but there sure wasn't much to be exited by in the rest of the show. One team is clearly dominant, there aren't any great personalities, and both sides already have fire and food. I hope they shake it up a bit next week.
I want Jeff to put his team to a real challenge- kindergarten! LOL Drop some poor unsuspecting fool in my classroom for a day and see if he/she can still walk and talk by the end of the day. Yesterday we managed to get through breakfast with only one major spill, one upset tummy, and two minor arguments. We walked into the classroom and twelve children gave me their picture money to record on my list. A mom with a late child needed to speak to me. A child tore her cuticle and started crying. One child wanted to change clothes because the shirt she wore for her pictures had long sleeves. Another reported that she was about to lose a tooth. Three children had notes for me- two transportation changes, and one from a mom upset about a homework assignment. And two of my boys started fussing about who was going to sit by their other friend. This was all before flag salute!
I have a great class, really. And not one major "discipline problem". I have active, supportive parents. This is the easiest year- so far- that I've had since I started teaching. Praise the Lord for his blessings. However, each day I am teacher, mother, nurse, and counselor for twenty children. Think about that sometimes when your office cubicle seems small or your patients are annoying or your customers are less than appreciative. The noise alone can drive many people insane. My classroom is pretty quiet during work times and lessons. However, during centers, lunch, and project times I let the children talk and the sound of twenty little voices chattering has to be experienced to appreciate the full effect. :) I've had parents spend a few minutes in my room during those times and say "How do you do this???" Selective hearing!
It also takes a few years to get used to the movements of kindergarten children. They wiggle, squirm, rock, shake, skip, hop, run, jump, wave their arms, and constantly drop things. One of my boys dropped his pencil five times during yesterday's phonics lesson. I watched- it wasn't intentional. Another boy fell out of his chair. One girl dropped her crayon box and crayons rolled everywhere. Another knocked over the cup of pencils shared by her table.
During any given project or lesson at least one child will lose a piece of his work, or it will be taken, and used, by another child. At least one child will do something so wrong that I will have to give him another copy of what we are doing and tell him the instructions again. At least one child will finish early and have to be directed on to something else. One child will not even write her name until half the class has competed their work. Another will get half-way through and forget what to do next. If we are working with plastic letters someone will poke their neighbor with theirs and someone else will put his in his mouth. Teaching kindergartners is kind of like juggling, singing, and riding a bicycle at the same time- lose your concentration and it all falls apart.
By the way, we took some great pictures, but three of my boys got into trouble while waiting for their classmates to finish. My lunch yesterday was crackers and juice at my desk during center time. I'm behind on testing. Six of my students struggled with yesterday's reading lesson, so we will have to do some serious review today. Project time was great, but we made a huge mess, and clean up was a riot.
Today IS FRIDAY...right?