In my 7 hours with TWENTY 6-year-olds today,
- 2 children came in late
- 2 different students checked out early
- 3 children visited the clinic
- 1 child went home sick
- 1 student had an accident in her pants
- 2 students had to catch up from being absent yesterday
- 2 parents dropped by to deliver coats and gloves and wanted to chat with me while they were there
- 3 students left items on the playground and had to leave class to retrieve them
- 1 child pulled a tooth causing blood to spill on the desk which caused all kinds of gross reactions from the other students
- the same child dropped the tooth causing more distraction while the class helped find it
- 1 child broke a necklace trying to force it over the other child's head - more cause for the class to hunt and be distracted
- the same child cried for a quite a while over the necklace
- 1 child hit her mouth on the desk while trying to find the necklace - more crying
- 2 children had runny noses and frequently needed to get up and blow them causing noise and reactions from others
- 1 child's hamster died last night causing her to cry off and on all day
- 1 child thought another child took his eraser causing hard feelings and angry stares
- 1 child lost his ice cream money
- 1 child didn't get the ice cream he ordered
- 2 children left for ESOL classes
- 3 more children left for reading resource help
- 2 children left for reading enrichment
- 4 students left for vision/hearing testing
- 1 child fell on the sidewalk coming back from the bathroom and had to have a bandaid (even though no blood was in sight)
- 1 child had a cough that sounded like the barking of a very loud seal all day long.
In between these distractions:
- we counted mixed sets of pennies, nickels and dimes,
- we made contractions,
- we demonstrated force through pushing and pulling,
- we illustrated desert life, and
- we wrote a "how to" paragraph on brushing teeth.
I don't know for sure how much "education" soaked in today. I DO know for sure that I'm pooped!
Most days, my class runs like a well-oiled machine. Today was NOT one of those days. Today was like organizing earthworms.