Today was rough. The A/C was out in our classroom (AGAIN) and so in an effort to keep kids from getting sick we got moved into the smallest classroom in the basement of the school. And when I say smallest, I mean 1/4 of the size of our normal classroom. There isn’t enough room for all the students to have chairs to sit at tables, and we also can’t all sit on the floor in a circle. This kind of makes it impossible to stay consistent with any of our teaching or behavior management tactics that we’re supposed to use. All that gets thrown to the wind and we just do the best we can in the space we have with the restrictions put upon us.
Here were our results:
-1 write up for a kid kicking another kid in the head
- 1 girl tried to spell “rainbow” with a “k” and a “g”
- 5 kids had to go to the bathroom in the middle of lessons
-6 kids reminded me that they hadn’t been on the field trip the day before.
-3 kids counted to 16 (SUCCESS!)
-1 kid counted to 10 and then started over again at 1.
-3 kids tried to make me wear different hats (I probably have lice now)
There were little successes throughout the day though.
The boy who never speaks looked at me and said “Ms. Olivia I already washed my hands!” when I kept telling him to wash his hands. When that happens I want to grab him and squeeze him and hold onto the words and the sound of his voice because I know it’ll be days before I hear that again and I never want to let it go.
or the little girl who usually hides behind her best friend who played me in tic tac toe today and showed proficiency in patterns and the ability to comprehend simple game rules. Later in the day she also told me she loved princesses and then we zoomed around the playground in her princess car.
I got home today, tired and stressed, but after a 2 hour nap and some reflection about my day, I thought about all the successes of the day and it made me smile and realize I’m totally ready to go back tomorrow.
(Well after I internalize all this writer’s workshop)